Ajoy Ghatak on The Fiber Optics Revolution

3:30–5:35 pm
Center in Delhi


15.30 – 16.00 Registration and Tea / Coffee
16:00 – 16:05 Welcome Address
16:05 – 16:10 Introduction
16:10 – 17:30 Lecture and Discussion
17:30 – 17:35 Vote of Thanks

Centre for Science and Society (A Unit of Buti Foundation, New Delhi) organized a Public Lecture on “The  Fiber Optics Revolution” by Professor A.K. Ghatak, Bhatnagar Awardee and Formerly Professor of Physics, IIT Delhi.

During the last 40  years or so, there has been a phenomenal development in the area of fiber optics  leading to numerous applications in various areas from communications to the awesome super-continuum generation. This talk gave a brief history on the development of this fascinating area.

Ajoy Ghatak did his MSc from University of Delhi, PhD from Cornell University and was a Research Associate at Brookhaven National laboratory. He joined IIT Delhi in 1966 and has recently retired from there as Professor of Physics. He received the 2008 SPIE Educator award in recognition of “his unparalleled global contributions to the field of fiber optics research, and his tireless dedication to optics education worldwide..” and the 2003 Optical Society of America  Esther Hoffman Beller award in recognition of his “outstanding contributions to optical science and engineering education”. He is also a recipient of the CSIR SS Bhatnagar award, 16th Khwarizmi International award, the International Commission for Optics Galileo Galilei award, IETE Wadhwa Gold Medal and the UGC Meghnad Saha Award  for his research work in fiber optics and related areas. He has authored over 170 research papers and several books including the undergraduate text OPTICS which has been translated to Chinese and Persian. His other books are Introduction to Fiber Optics & Optical Electronics (both co-authored with K Thyagarajan), Quantum Mechanics (coauthored  with S Lokanathan). His latest book is Albert Einstein: A Glimpse of his Life, Philosophy & Science. He received DSc (Honoris Causa) from University of Burdwan in 2007.  He has been a Visiting Professor at several European, US and Australian Universities.