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Börner developed the first working fiber-optical data transmission system in 1965. He received a patent for an "electro-optical transmission system utilizing lasers". From 1954 to 1979 he worked for the german Telefunken GmbH. Later, from 1979 to 1995, he was professor at the Technical University Munich.
1962: Award of the Nachrichtentechnischen Gesellschaft (NTG in the VDE; today Informationstechnische Gesellschaft) for proficiencies on the field of elektromecanical filters and power-line communication