The Woman Called May-Wan Kao!

The Woman Called May Wan Kao

Who is May-Wan Kao?

Gwen May-Wan Kao (née Wong) was the surviving wife of the late Japanese electrical engineer and physicist, Charles K. Kao. May-Wan Kao is British- Chinese.

She was born in the UK in 1934 to immigrant parents from Guangdong, making her about 87 years old. Her Chinese name is Huang Mei Yun.

She gained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of London and went to work as an engineer for Standard Telephones & Cables (STC) in North Woolwich, London.

How Did May-Wan Kao Meet Her Husband?

They met while they worked together as engineers at Standard Telephones and Cables, Charles worked one floor below her. Charles K. Kao and May-Wan Kao got married in 1959.

Charles K. Kao and May-Wan Kao were blessed with two children who are Amanda Kao and Simon Kao. Simon Kao is their first child, and he was born in 1961, while Amanda was born in 1963. They both grew up in the US; Amanda now resides in Sunnyvale, California, and Simon lives in San Francisco.

May-Wan Kao’s Husband, who is He?

Charles K. Kao was born on November 4, 1933, in Shanghai, China. He is the son of Kao Chun-Hsiang and King Tsing Fong. Kao received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of London in 1957. He studied B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering.

Charles K. Kao was a notable Japanese electrical engineer and physicist. Charles K. Kao was also known to be the one who pioneered the development and use of fiber optics in telecommunications.

Charles K. Kao was known as the father of fiber optic communications for his discovery in the 1960s of certain physical properties of glass, which laid the groundwork for high-speed data communication in the Information Age.

Charles K. Kao died on September 23, 2018, Sha Tin, Hong Kong at the age of 84.


May-Wan Kao now serves as the chairman of the Hong Kong-based Charles K Kao Foundation, an organisation to spread awareness for Alzheimers.

Charles K. Kao has a younger brother called Timothy Wu Kao. Timothy Wu Kao is also well educated, and he turned out to be a civil engineer and Professor Emeritus at the Catholic University of America. His research is in hydrodynamics.