Our latest #techspiration celebrates an incredible mind, known as an ‘unsung hero of the modern age’.
Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany is often heralded as the ‘Father of Fibre Optics’ – someone who has been instrumental in modern day technology. Let’s learn more about Dr. Kapany and his journey.
- Narinder Singh Kapany was born on October 31, 1926 in Moga, Punjab
- He studied at the Agra University before heading to work on a PhD in optics at Imperial College London in 1952
- Working alongside Harold Hopkins at Imperial College, the pair developed a technique which allowed better image transmission from optical fibres than ever before
- Optical cladding was developed simultaneously by Dutch scientist Bram van Heel at the time which meant the beginning of a new field of fibre optics
- Kapany has gone on to become a successful businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist winning awards across the world.
What makes him great?
An entrepreneurial streak has seen Dr. Kapany found numerous successful companies with his work spanning a number of decades. As an author, he has published over 100 papers and four books on the field of opto-electronics and entrepreneurship.
Why he’s a ‘techspiration’ to Claritas
Narinder coined the phrase ‘fibre optics’ and pioneered the industry as we know it today. Fibre optic broadband may not have been here in its current form without Narinder Singh Kapany, and his work has impacted lasers, biomedical instrumentation, solar energy and pollution monitoring.
Not satisfied with being known as the ‘Father of Fibre Optics’, his illustrious career also saw him heavily involved with entrepreneurship and management, academia, publishing, lecturing, and even farming.
Our favourite quote
I was just a precocious kid taking a college physics course when one day the professor told us that light ‘always travels in a straight line’. But that can’t be true, I thought – it must be bent sometimes
Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany
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