Narinder Singh Kapany Chair in Opto-electronics

Born in India and educated in England, Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany has lived in the United States for forty-five years. A graduate of Agra University in India, he completed advanced studies in optics at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, and received his Ph.D. from the University of London in 1955.

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Dr. Narinder Kapany

His career has spanned science, entrepreneurship and management, academia, publishing, lecturing, and farming. His personal interests include philanthropy, art collecting, and sculpting.

As a scientist, Dr. Kapany is widely acknowledged as the father of fiber-optics. His research and inventions have encompassed fiber-optics communications, lasers, biomedical instrumentation, solar energy and pollution monitoring. He holds over one hundred patents, was a member of the National Inventors Council, and has received many awards including 'The Excellence 2000 Award' from the USA Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce in 1998. He is a Fellow of numerous scientific societies including the British Royal Academy of Engineering, the Optical Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In 1999, Dr. Kapany endowed a Chair of Opto-Electronics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The Narinder Singh Kapany Chair is currently held by Dr. Michael Isaacson.

Professor Michael Isaacson received his B.S. degree in Engineering Physics with highest honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago.

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Dr. Michael Isaacson

Before coming to UC Santa Cruz, Isaacson help positions as scientific staff member in the Division of Biology at Brookhaven National Laboratory, faculty of the Physics Department and the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago and the School of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University.

Dr. Isaacson has published over 150 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and is currently working on a text entitled "Nanocharacterization of Materials." His research interests include development of novel nanocharacterization tools using electron, photon and ion optics, and the fabrication of nano/microdevices for biomedical applications.

Professor Isaacson has been President of the Microscopy Society of America and is currently Secretary/Treasurer of the Engineering Research Council of the American Society for Engineering Education. Some of his numerous awards include: an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist award, Sloan Foundation Faculty Fellow, the Burton Medal from the Microscopy Society of America, and the Rank Prize in Opto-electronics. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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