George Hockham (1938-2013), electronics engineer, played a vital role in pioneering work on fibre optic communications at the Standard Telecommunication Laboratories in Harlow during the 1960s. Hockham's work modelling fibre optic performance, particularly calculations to establish the acceptable level of signal loss, helped to establish the viability of using optical fibres for communications, in conjunction with other research by CharlesKao. The two co-authored a seminal 1966 paper on the application of cladded glass fibre as a transmission medium, and in 1978 they were awarded the Rank Prize for Optoelectronics for their work. Hockham later spent time as a research fellow at Queen Mary University, and researching radar antenna at the Gilfillan laboratories of ITT in California, returning to Britain to work for Plessey and later Thorn EMI. After retirement he continued to research modelling of antenna performance.
- Birth name: George Hockham
- Born: 1938 Enfield, UK
- Occupation: Electronics engineer
- Disciplines: Electronics
- Education: Regent Street Polytechnic; University of London