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Electrical engineer

Tingye Li, American electrical engineer. Recipient Alumni Merit award Northwestern University, 1981, Science and Technology medal American Telephone & Telegraph Company, 1997.


Li, Tingye was born on July 7, 1931 in Nanjing, China. Arrived in the United States, 1953, naturalized, 1963. Son of Chao and Lily Wei-peng (Sie) Li.


Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University Witwatersrand, South Africa, 1953. Master of Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1955. Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1958.

Doctor of Engineering (honorary), National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, 1991.


Member technical staff American Telephone & Telegraph Company Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, New Jersey, 1957-1967. Department head repeater techniques research department Bell Laboratories, 1967-1976, lightwave media research department, 1976-1984, lightwave systems research department, 1984-1996. Department head lightwave networks research department American Telephone & Telegraph Company laboratories-Research, Holmdel, New Jersey, 1996, division manager Middletown, 1997-1998, retired, 1998.

Independent consultant Boulder, Colorado, since 1999. Honorary professor Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Beijing University Posts and Telecomms., University Electronic Science and Technology of China, Qufu Normal University, Beijing Jiao Tong University, Tianjin University, Nankai University, Fudan University, Southeast University, Peking University, Southwest Jiastong University, National Chiao Tung University, National Taiwan University.


  • Patentee in field M C.


  • Other Work

    • Associate editor Optics Letters, 1977-1978, topical editor, 1989-1991. Associate editor Journal of Lightwave Technology, 1983-1986. Editor book series: Optical Fiber Telecommunications IV and V, Optical Fiber Communications, The Optical Society Trends in Optics and Photonics Series.

      Member editorial board Proceedings Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1974-1983, Microwave and Optical Technology Letters, 1987-1990, International Journal High Speed Electronics, 1990-1995. Contributor articles on microwave antennas and propagation, lasers, coherent optics, optical communications, optical-fiber transmission, systems and networks to science journals, chapters in books. Patentee in field.


Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (W.R.G. Baker prize 1975, David Sarnoff award 1979, Photonics award 2004, Thomas Edison medal, 2009), American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Engineering Consortium, Photonics Society Chinese-Americans (Achievement award 1998), Optical Society of America (chairman optical communications technical group 1979-1980, board directors 1985-1987, chairman international activities committee 1988-1990, chairman photonics division 1991-1992, vice president 1993, president-elect 1994, president 1995, John Tyndall award 1995, Frederic Ives medal/Quinn Endowment 1997). Member National Academy of Engineering, Chinese Institute Engineers United States of America (board directors 1974-1978, Achievement award 1978), Academia Sinica (Taiwan), Chinese Academy Engineering, Chinese American Academy and Professional Association (board directors 1985-1989, Achievement award 1983), Electromagnetics Academy, Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, Phi Tau Phi (president chapter 1991-1993).


Married Edith Hsiu-hwei Wu, June 9, 1956. Children: Deborah Chunroh, Kathryn Dairoh.

Chao Li

Lily Wei-peng (Sie) Li

Edith Hsiu-hwei Wu

Deborah Chunroh Li

Kathryn Dairoh Li