Dr. Kirpal Singh (born 1924) an inter-nationally acclaimed scholar of Sikh History, has retired as Professor & Head of the Department of Punjab Historical Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala. He succeeded Dr. Ganda Singh at the much coveted seat of Sikh Historical Research at Khalsa College, Amritsar in 1950 A.D. During his fifteen years long dedicated work at this place, he brought national recognition to this institute by getting nomination as member of the Indian Historical Records Commission. His proficiency in Persian Language enabled him to handle source material on Sikh History with competence. The eminence that came his way brought him 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.