“Light only travels in straight lines” said his teacher. Unsatisfied by the notion, it became of utmost importance to prove to that the statement is very unscientific and obviously untrue. Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany was the man who proved that light bends and can be bent on purpose, for which he is acknowledged as the ‘Father of Fibre Optics’.
|Narinder Singh Kapany at work|
|On a television show in 1960|
Despite his significant contributions to the field his name was not included in the Nobel Prize for Fibre Optic Communications. His name remains absent from most textbooks in India and abroad. Kapany has been felicitated with the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman and The Excellence 2000 Award. He has keen interests in sculpting, philanthropy and art collection and has created 40 sculptures which were displayed at various art centres throughout the Unites States. He made significant contributions to Sikh studies and promoted Sikh culture in America.
|Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany|
At age 85, Dr. Kapany is the founder of K2 Optronics Inc.; run in conjunction with his son, Rajinder Singh Kapany. He is actively filing patents and working in the field of Optical Fibers. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife, Satinder Kaur; son, Rajinder Singh (Hi-Tech Executive) and his daughter, Kiran Kaur (Attorney and Filmmaker). His undying passion for science, art, religion and culture depicts the composition of a personality that defines excellence. Sikhism defines knowledge as light and he showed light is knowledge, reflecting the true Sikh spirit. A true Lightbender!