Inder Kapoor is a retired scientist and corporate executive who owns and operates a farm in Pennington, New Jersey.
Dr. Kapoor was born in 1937 to a Sindhi-Hindu family in Multan in what is now Pakistan. He grew up speaking Urdu and learning oral math. Several influential figures played an important role in guiding Dr. Kapoor. His mother, a teacher, instilled in her children that education was the key to success in life. He attended Central College of Agriculture at Delhi University. Then worked in the Indian Ministry of Food and Agriculture. He made the decision to study further at American universities, which led to his admission to the University of California, Riverside.
At the University of California, Riverside, Dr. Kapoor had an opportunity to move to the University of Illinois. Here he worked with Dr. Metcalf, whom he admired and read his publishing since 1955.
At the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Kapoor studied entomology with Dr. Metcalf, learning chemistry to complement his strengths in biology. Dr. Kapoor’s research focused on pesticides and biodegradability. He focused to develop a model ecosystem for studying biodegradability and the fate of pesticides in the environment. Alongside, biodegradable and non-biodegradable, and the various components of chemical modifications to make a non-biodegradable pesticide into biodegradable. With his Ph.D. in entomology, he began his career as a researcher at American Cyanamid Company, a manufacturing and chemical conglomerate headquartered in New Jersey.
Dr. Kapoor and his wife settled in Pennington and raised their two children. At their 21 Acre NJ Farm, they started growing crops new to the Garden State. Where they continue to grow unique varieties of vegetables and flowers.