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Ghanaian-American Chemical Engineer Dr. Thomas Owusu Mensah Dies at 74

Dr. Mensah's work is credited with making fiber optics a more practical and cost-effective solution for data transmission. During his time at Corning Glass Works, he revolutionised the manufacturing process for fiber optic cables.

World-renowned Ghanaian-American fiber optics innovator and inventor Dr. Thomas Owusu Mensah has sadly passed away.

Dr. Mensah died on March 27, 2024, at the Kumasi Catholic Hope Exchange Hospital in Ghana’s Ashanti region.

The sad occurrence of Dr. Mensah’s demise was as a result of a short illness. He was 74 years old.

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Dr. Mensah’s work is credited with making fiber optics a more practical and cost-effective solution for data transmission. During his time at Corning Glass Works, he revolutionised the manufacturing process for fiber optic cables.

Previously limited by speed and cost, Dr. Mensah’s innovations increased production speed to 20 meters per second by 1985, and further advancements followed. This breakthrough significantly reduced the cost of fiber optics, making them competitive with traditional copper cables.

Dr. Mensah earned a degree in chemical engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana and a Ph.D. from Montpellier University in France. He was also fluent in French and English.

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