DILIP K. PAUL

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Dr. DILIP KUMAR PAUL  
July 11, 1940 - March 2, 2012  

Dilip was born in Rangoon, Burma, and moved to Kolkata, India, at age one. He graduated from Jadavpur University (1961) with a degree in Telecommunications Engineering. He obtained his master's degree from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (1963), and his Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island (1975). He held faculty positions at IIT Roorkee, IIT Kanpur, and Johns Hopkins University. He also held research positions at Harvard University and the University of Maryland. He held a number of positions in the private sector, including COMSAT Labs, Gould Fiber Optics, and AEL. Prior to retiring in 2001, he was Chief Scientific Officer with Nayna Networks in California's Silicon Valley.
 
Dilip was a noted authority in two distinct technical fields: optical communications and solar cells. He authored over a hundred research papers and held patents in the field of optical communications. He was a Fellow of the International Society of Optical Engineering and the Institution of Telecommunications Engineers (India).
 
Dilip was a resident of Bethesda, Maryland, for over 30 years, and a founding member of the Washington Area Chapter of the Jadavpur University Alumni Association, where he tirelessly worked to raise scholarship funds for deserving students and to enhance the University's profile. He enjoyed reading, photography, and traveling. Above all, he loved cooking for and feeding his family and friends. Despite disabilities in his later years, Dilip always lived his life as self-sufficiently and independently as possible. He is survived by Alakananda, his wife of almost 48 years, his daughter Saswati, son-in-law Nathan, and grandchildren Anika and Amit.
 
His family and friends cherish his memory always, especially today, on his one year death anniversary.


Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 2, 2013
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