Although he initially pursued chemistry, Robert Distler Maurer, PhD has always enjoyed physics and has been interested in technical gadgets since childhood. It was during his education that he knew he wanted to become a physicist. In 1948, Dr. Maurer received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas, and later, in 1951, he earned a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He began his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for one year, before moving on to Corning Glass Works in New York for nearly 40 years. While at Corning Glass Works, he served as the manager of physics research and as a research fellow. For his achievements throughout his career, Dr. Maurer also received an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Arkansas.
In addition to Dr. Maurer’s primary responsibilities in his field, he has also received fellowships from the IEEE, the American Ceramic Society, and the American Physical Society. He also holds several patents in the field and has contributed to numerous articles, professional journals, chapters, and books. As an accomplished professional, Dr. Maurer and his peers worked for years to create a fiber that could travel long distance, which eventually became the first commercially viable fiber for communications.
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