Electronics engineer George Hockham, who died recently, was one of the fathers of optic fibre communications. After education at Regent Street Polytechnic, George joined Standard Telecommunications Laboratory (STL) at Harlow where he worked on long distance trunk communication systems. In the mid 1960s, working with Charles Kao, George began research on the use of optic fibres to carry signals from a laser over long distance. Their 1966 joint paper "Dielectric-fibre surface waveguides for optical frequencies" established that long distance fibre optic communications were a realistic possibility and laid the groundwork for many of the systems that carry our telephone, internet and television. In the following clip George recalls some of that early research at STL in the 1960s.