| Natural Causes|
October 13, 2006
| 27 July 1920 (1920-07-27) Gujranwala, Gujranwala District, Pakistan|
Kapil Dev Sharma Wikipedia
Kapil Dev Sharma born in Gujaranwala (now in Pakistan) was an Indian scientist and technologist who specialized as a Glass Technologist.
K.D Sharma successfully completed B.Sc from Panjab University; B.Sc.(Glass Tech.) from Banaras Hindu University; M.Sc. (Technology) from Sheffield.
He 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. He worked in the Glass Plants of Rockware Glass Ltd., Greenford, UK and Karhula lasitehdas, Finland. Mr.Sharma 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, US, as a guest worker. Assistant Director in 1954, Deputy Director in 1960 and Director from 1967 to 1980 of The Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI).
He has also served with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as a glass expert for several short term assignments in Cuba and Jamaica among other places.
Society of Glass Technology, U.K.; Institute of Ceramics, UK; President, Indian Institute of Ceramics; President, Indian Ceramic Society.
He visited the USSR in 1959 as a member of the Government of India Expert Team for the optical and ophthalmic glass project.Also he went to US and UK in 1962 as alternate leader of the NPC Study Team on Glass Industry; Member International Commission on Glass; and Chairman of ISI Sectional Committee for Glassware.
He was awarded the R G Nail Gold Medal from M S University, Baroda.
The "K.D. Sharma Memorial Lecture" has also been instituted.
A multipurpose hall has also been made at the CGCRI Complex in Kolkata.
- Development and production of optical glass,which is a strategic defence material for the first time in India
- Development of foam glass
- radiation shielding windows for nuclear reactors and glass melting furnaces
- glass raw materials
- Filed 3 patents.
His name also appears in the book, "Who's who in the world".