KAPIL DEV SHARMA
27 July, 1920 at Gujaranwala, ( now in Pakistan)
B.Sc Panjab University; B.Sc.(Glass Tech.), Banaras Hindu University; M.Sc. (Technology), Sheffield.
Worked in the glass industry for about a year and in 1945 proceeded to UK for higher studies as a Government of India Scholar. He carried out research work at Sheffield University under the internationally renowned Prof. W.E.S. Turner, F.R.S., and Prof H. Moore. Worked in the Glass Plants of Rockware Glass Ltd., Greenford, U.K. and Karhula lasitehdas, Finland. Joined the Institute as Scientific Officer in September, 1948 and was associated with the planning and development of the Institute from almost the beginning. During 1953-54, he worked at the Glass Section of the National Bureau of Standards, USA, as a guest worker. Assistant Director, 1954, Deputy Director, 1960; Director 1967-80.
Society of Glass Technology, U.K.; Insrtitute of Cermics, UK; President, Indian Institute of Ceramics; President, Indian Ceramic Society.
Visited USSR in 1959 as a member of the Government of India Expert Team for the optical and ophthalmic glass project. . went USA and UK in 1962 as alternate leader of the NPC Study Team on Glass Industry; Member International Commission on Glass; Chairman of ISI Sectional Committee for Glass ware.
Awards & Honors :
R G Nail Gold Medal, M S University, Baroda.
Development and production of optical glass, a strategic defence material for the first time in India ; Development of foam glass; radiation shielding windows for nuclear reactors, glass melting furnaces; glass raw materials; productivity. Filed 3 patents.