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Seen on Yahoo News:

A pioneer in fiber optics and two scientists who figured out how to turn light into electronic signals — work that paved the way for the Internet age — were awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for physics on Tuesday.

Charles Kao, a Shanghai-born British-American, won half the 10 million Swedish crown ($1.4 million) prize for a discovery that led to a breakthrough in fiber optics, determining how to transmit light over long distances via optical glass fibers.

Willard Boyle, a Canadian-American, and George Smith of the United States shared the other half for inventing the first successful imaging technology using a digital sensor.