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educator , entrepreneur , researcher , communications executive

Chandra Kumar Naranbhai Patel, Indian, American communications executive, educator, entrepreneur, researcher. Achievements include invention of many lasers including the Carbon Dioxide laser.


Patel, Chandra Kumar Naranbhai was born on July 2, 1938 in Baramati, India. Son of Naranbhai Chaturbhai and Maniben Patel. came to the United States, 1958, naturalized, 1970.


Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Poona University, 1958. Master of Science, Stanford University, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 1961.


Member technical staff Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey, 1961-1993, head infrared physics and electronics research department, 1967-1970, director electronics research department, 1970-1976, director physical research laboratory, 1976-1981, executive director research physics and academy affairs division, 1981-1987, executive director research, materials science, engineering and academy affairs division, 1987-1993. Trustee Aerospace Corporation, Los Angeles, 1979-1988. Vice chancellor research University of California at Los Angeles, 1993-2000, professor department physics and astronomy, department chemistry, since 2000, professor department electrical engineering, since 2000.

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Pranalytica, Inc, Santa Monica, California, since 2001. Member governing board National Research Council, 1990-1991. Board directors Newport –°orporation.

Chairman board California Accuwave Corporation, 1994-1998. Founder, chairman board Pranalytica, Inc., Santa Monica, California. Co-founder Photuris, Inc.


  • Achievements include invention of many lasers including the Carbon Dioxide laser.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to technical journals.


Chairman California biomedical Foundation, 1994-2000. Member executive board California Healthcare Institute, 1995-2000. Member Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliance, 1997-2003.

Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Lamme medal 1976, medal of honor 1989, Millennium medal 2000), American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Physical Society (council 1987-1991, executive committee 1987-1990, George E. Pake prize 1988, president 1995), Optical Society of America (Adolph Lomb medal 1966, Townes medal 1982, Ives medal 1989, Lifetime Achievement award Defense and Security Symposium 2006), Indian National Science Academy (foreign). Member National Academy of Sciences (council 1988-1991, executive committee 1989-1991), National Academy of Engineering (Zworykin award 1976), Defense and Security Symposium (Lifetime Achievement award 2006), Gynecological Laser Surgery Society (honorary), American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (honorary), Third World Academy of Sciences (associate), California biomedical Foundation (president 1994-1900), California Healthcare Institute (executive committee 1995-1900), Federation American Scientists (board directors since 2002), International Photoacoustic and Photothermal Association (prize 2007), Sigma Xi (president 1994-1996).


Married Shela Dixit, August 20, 1961. Children: Neela, Meena.

Naranbhai Chaturbhai

Maniben Patel

Shela Dixit

Neela Patel

Meena Patel