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The Dawn of the Internet
Kevin Kimberlin
Chairman, Spencer Trask & Co.
Albert Einstein first conceived of
stimulating the emission of light in 1916
In this
paper
Based on Einstein’s proof, 40 years
later, Columbia University student,
Gordon Gould, invented the Laser
(Light Amplification by Stimulated
Emission of Radiation)
First awareness of the laser!
Gordon Gould
co-founded
Optelecom Inc.
to use lasers for
communications
Source: Taylor, Nick, Laser, Simon and Shuster; August 2000, page 212.
Their Light Optics
Program leader was
Dr. David Huber
Gould’s company, Dr. Huber and
Kevin Kimberlin founded a
company to create…
Breakthrough: light amplification within
Dense Wave Division Multiplexer
“…that first commercial
DWDM system was “the
real dawn of the
internet.”
“Ciena was the first to
offer dense WDM
(DWDM)…in 1996.”
OSA Centennial Snapshots
Boom, Bubble, Bust: The Fiber Optic Mania
JEFF HECHT
In the decade from 1996 to
2005, breakthroughs in fiber
optics and networking
transformed society and laid the
groundwork for the global
internet.
“…commercial WDM
transport systems as
the common basis of
all…
telecommunications
networks.”
The Dawn of the Internet: How Lasers and Dense WDM Paved the Way
The Dawn of the Internet: How Lasers and Dense WDM Paved the Way
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The Dawn of the Internet: How Lasers and Dense WDM Paved the Way