Narinder Singh Kapany —the Father of Fibre Optics
We live in an era where life without Internet is quite impossible. Today, Internet is used extensively throughout the Globe and if we are getting ‘High Speed Internet Connection’ then the whole credit of this goes to “Narinder Singh Kapany.” Yes, it was due to his majestic invention of ‘Fibre Optic’ and that’s why he is also known as the “Father of Fibre Optics.”
Narinder Singh Kapany is an Indian born American Physicist. He studied at Agra University and in the year 1952 he moved to Imperial College London to work on a Ph.D. degree in Optics. Later, he worked as a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley(UCB), University of California, Santa Cruz(UCSC) and Stanford University.
Narinder Singh Kapany not only did an extraordinary research in High-Speed Communication but also in Medical imaging from OFC network to endoscopic to Laser Surgery. This demonstrates that, if there is no Narinder Singh, at that point then there is no High-Speed Communication, no Internet and no Laser Surgery.
Narinder Singh Kapany, became the first person on the globe who depicts that Light can travel in bent glass Fibres. His research paper titled as, “A Flexible Fiberscope, using Static Scanning” published in January 2, 1954 in Scientific Journal Nature opened the portal for instruments such as Endoscopes and Laser probes.
Kapany published another research paper in Optica Acta in February 1955 which was titled as ‘Transparent Fibers for the Transmission of Optical Images’. Kapany continued proceeding with his great work. As a writer, he distributed more than 100 research papers and four books on Optoelectronics. One of his notorious article on Fiber optics in Scientific American in 1960 coined the new term (Fiber optics).
In November 1999, Fortune magazine had distributed profiles of 7 individuals who totally changed the life in the twentieth century. Narinder Singh Kapany was one of the unsung legends. Let us promote this person so that more and more people know this great man.