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Bishnu P. Pal

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Bishnu P. Pal is now Professor of Physics at Mahindra École Centrale Hyderabad India. Previously, he was a Professor of Physics for over 24 years at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, during which he served as the Chairperson of the Physics Department (September 2008-December 2011) and Head of the Computer Services Centre (September 2003-August 2006). Bishnu Pal has been deeply involved in Guided Wave Optics and Photonics education since the early 1980s. He played a key role in establishing the highly successful interdisciplinary MTech and research program on optoelectronics and a FO Laboratory at IIT Delhi. A spin-off from this has resulted in commercialization of a FO Educational kit. Its alumni hold leadership positions in academia and industries like Facebook, Cisco, IBM, JDSU, OFS, NASA, Tejas Networks, Infinera, Cienna, Delhi Metrorail, Sterlite Tech, and AlcaLuc-Nokia.

He has published and reported over 200 research papers and research reviews in peer reviewed international journals and conferences, delivered over 50 plenary/invited talks at international conferences in India and abroad, and has co-authored one each Indian and US patent. Prof. Pal is a Fellow of OSA, SPIE, Optical Society of India (OSI), and IETE (India), and Senior Member of IEEE. He has been a recipient of the Homi Bhabha Award of UGC (India) for excellence in Applied Sciences for 2006, OSI (India) Life Time Achievement award (2010), Prof Y. T Thathachari Prestigious Research Award in Physical Science of Bhramara Trust Mysore for 2010, CEOT 2010 award of IETE (India) for contributions to Optoelectronic Devices in the broadest sense, Om Prakash Bhasin National award for Electronics and Information Technology 2013, Khosla National Research award of IIT Roorkee for Lifetime achievements, and was a co-recipient of the First Fiber Optic Person of the Year award in 1997 instituted by Lucent Technology and Voice & Data Magazine in India. He has received OSA’s Esther Hoffman Beller Medal in 2016.

Prof. Pal was a Member of the Board of Directors (2009-2011) of OSA, its International Council (2007-2009), and Long Term Planning Group for publications (2011-2014).

He was President of the Optical Society of India (2012–2015), Associate Vice President of IEEE Photonics Society's Membership Council (2011-2015), and member of the International Jury for the Galileo Galilei Prize of the International Commission of Optics (2010-2014).



Document Created: 3 Feb 2020
Last Updated: 3 Feb 2020