Peter C. Schultz

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Peter C. Schultz, Ph.D. (born 1942), is co-inventor of the fiber optics now used worldwide for telecommunications. He is retired President (1988 to 2001) of Heraeus Tenevo Inc., a $200 million technical glass manufacturer specializing in fiber optics and semiconductor markets, and retired Chief Technical Officer North America for Heraeus Holding GmbH (the $6 billion German parent company).


He was born in 1942 in Brooklyn to a Czech-American mother and German-American father.

Schultz graduated in 1960 from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in Union County, New Jersey.[1] He attended Rutgers University, where he earned a BS in Engineering.

He and his wife Mary Anne are residents of St. Thomas, USVI and have a second home in Essex, NY. They have four grown children and four grandchildren.

Academic career[edit]

He has taught at Cornell University (Visiting Professor Materials Science 1978-1984), George Washington University (Continuing Engineering Program Professor 1976-1994) and University of Virginia (Visiting Professor of Darden School 1988-1998). He has extensive legal experience as an expert witness in patent defense.

Other activities[edit]

Since 2001 he has provided consulting services to several companies (including Intel, SEMATECH International, Yazaki, Furukawa, IMRA and SPI Lasers plc) and expert witness for several law firms, through Peter Schultz Consulting, LLC. He serves as senior advisor and Board member of OFS (the Lucent fiber optics business unit acquired by Furukawa in 2001). He also serves as a Board member of CBN Connect Inc., a non-profit company providing an open access broadband fiber-to-the-home system to the Adirondack region of NY.

He is also President of a start-up company (BioSensor Inc., founded in 1997) developing a non-invasive fiber optic sensor to measure blood glucose for diabetics, based on Russian technology. He is a member of the Selection Committee for the National Medal of Technology and a Board member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Peter Schultz holds 26 patents, has written over 20 research papers and is an expert in fused silica glasses.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 1993 he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame[2] and in 2000 he received the National Medal of Technology from U.S. President Bill Clinton for this accomplishment (the highest technology award of the US government).[3][4] He was elected to member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2001.[5] He is the recipient of numerous other awards including the International Glass Science Award (1977), SPIE Technology Achievement Award (1981), ASM Engineering Materials Achievement Award (1983), First American Innovators Award (US Dept. of Commerce 1995), Rutgers University Distinguished Alumni (2000), the Czech Gold Medal for Achievement (President Havel 2002), Fellow of the American Ceramic Society.


  1. ^ Staff, "New inductees to Scotch Plains-Fanwood H.S. Hall of Fame", Suburban News, October 9, 2014. Accessed June 18, 2016. "Peter Schultz. Class of 1960. He invented an optical fiber which is the basis for the Internet."
  2. ^ "Inventor profile - Peter C. Schultz". National Inventors Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ "The National Medal of Technology and Innovation Recipients - 2000 Laureates". United States Patent and Trademark Office. Retrieved December 30, 2010.  In 2000 the award was called National Medal of Technology.
  4. ^ "Rutgers - National Medal of Technology & Innovation". Rutgers University. Retrieved December 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ "NAE Members Directory - Dr. Peter C. Schultz". NAE. Retrieved December 30, 2010.