A pioneering scientist and philanthropist known as the “Father of fiber optics,” has passed away at the age of 94, reports UC Santa Cruz news. Narinder Singh Kapany passed away peacefully at his Woodside, California home on December 3rd. The Indian-American physicist got the nickname after he coined the term “fiber optics” in a 1960 Scientific American article. He also played a huge role in advancing the field as a researcher and businessman.
Narinder Kapany was born in Moga, Punjab-India on October 31, 1926, according to The Sikh Foundation International. He graduated from Agra University in 1948 before receiving his doctorate from Imperial College London in 1955. After marrying Satinder Kaur, the couple immigrated to the United States where he worked at several Universities.
In 1961, he moved his family to Woodside where he found Optics Technology. The company went public making Kapany the first Sikh Indian to take a company public in Silicon Valley. He then founded Kaptron Inc. which was acquired by AMP Inc.
He also taught students at the University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Stanford.
During his life, he earned over 120 patents, wrote four books, and received numerous awards and honors.
Narinder Singh Kapany is survived by his son, daughter, and four grandchildren.