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About the Author ‘Kirpal Singh' of the Book ‘Baba Ala Singh - Founder Of Patiala Kingdom’
Dr. Kirpal Singh (born 1924) is a renowned scholar of Sikh History. He succeeded Dr. Ganda Singh at Sikh Historical Research Centre, Khalsa College, Amritsar in 1950 A.D. During his fifteen years long dedicated work he brought national recognition to this institute when he was nominated as member of the Indian Historical Records Commission. His proficiency in Persian language enabled him to handle source material on Sikh History with competence. In this area he earned the gratitude of researchers on Sikh History by editing and publishing Ganesh Das Vadehra's voluminous work Char-Bagh-i Punjab. He lent new dimension to the study of Janamsakhi literature by editing and bringing out two volumes of Miharban's Janamsakhi. He spent over two decades at the Punjabi University, Patiala which proved very productive. He wrote over a hundred research papers and brought forth monumental works on Sikh history from Janamsakhi to the partition of the Punjab. He earned an enviable association with the Asiatic Society, Kolkata as member of its Governing Council (1992-97) and as Secretary, History and Archeology (1995-97). He remains engaged in serious research even after his retirement. The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee honoured him in 1992 for his outstanding work on Sikh History.