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All Head of ISRO

Posted on: November 10, 2009


Person Period Contribution
Homi Jehangir Bhabha Born: October 30, 1909 – Deceased: January 24, 1966 Homi Bhabha helped establish the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in 1945, and by 1950 was appointed secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy in charge of space research in India.[41] He served as chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy until his death in an air crash on January 24, 1966.[41]
Vikram Sarabhai Born: August 12, 1919 – Deceased: December 31, 1971 Sarabhai established the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad; Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram; Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad; Faster Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR), Kalpakkam; Variable Energy Cyclotron Project, Calcutta; Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), Hyderabad; and the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL), Jaduguda, Bihar.[42] He served as chairman of the Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR) in 1962 and, following the death of Homi Bhabha, was sent to assume Bhabha’s place as chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy.[43] Sarabhai formally set up ISRO in its modern avatar in 1969.[43]
Satish Dhawan Born: 25 September 1920– Deceased: 3 January 2002 Dhawan was appointed as the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in 1972.[44] He was also the secretary in India’s Department of Space.[44] His long tenure was marked with several successes and rapid development of India’s space program.[45]
Rakesh Sharma Born: January 13, 1949 On April 3, 1984, Rakesh Sharma along with Gennady Strekalov and Yury Malyshev successfully docked with the Salyut 7 station abroad the Soviet Soyuz T-11.[46] Rakesh Sharma became the first Indian citizen to travel into space, and was awarded the Soviet honor Hero of Soviet Union and the Indian Ashoka Chakra for this mission.[46][47]
Raja Ramanna Born: 1925 – Deceased: September 23, 2004 Raja Ramanna served as the director of the Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (1972–78 and 1981–83); Director-General, DRDO; secretary for defense research, Government of India (1978-81); chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission between 1984–87; director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore; minister of state for defense in the Indian cabinet between January–November 1990; member of the Rajya Sabha between August 1997–August 2003; and as a member of the India’s first National Security Advisory Board.[48]
Abdul Kalam Born: October 15, 1931 A.P.J. Abdul Kalam contributed significantly to the Indian nuclear program, the Indian space program, and several defense projects.[49] He served as the director of the SLV-3 project.[49] After serving successfully with the ISRO Kalam moved on to the DRDO where he served as the director.[49] In the DRDO he was in charge of the development of several missiles including the Nag, Prithvi, Akash, Trishul, and Agni series.[49] He was chosen as the eleventh President of India, serving from 2002 to 2007.[49]
U.R. Rao Born: March 10, 1932 From 1972 onwards Rao oversaw the development of over 15 satellite projects in India, including the Aryabhata, APPLE, Rohini, INSAT, and Indian Remote Sensing satellite.[50] He served as the chairman of the governing council of the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad; as chairman, Space Commission; and as secretary, Department of Space.[50] He contributed significantly to the ASLV, PSLV, and the GSLV series.[50] Rao also helped develop cryogenic technology and apply space technology to practical uses in India.[50]
K. Kasturirangan Born: 20 October, 1940 Kasturirangan held several key posts in the Indian space program and served in the Rajya Sabha from August 27, 2003 onwards.[51] His important contributions included the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) program, Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicles (GSLV) series, and the Indian Remote Sensing satellite (IRS) satellite series during his tenure as the head of the Indian space program from March 1994 to August 2003.[52]
G. Madhavan Nair Born: October 31, 1943 Chairman of ISRO during 2003 – 2009, secretary to the Indian Department of Space, and the chairman of the Antrix Corporation, Bangalore.
K. N. Shankara Born: 7 May, 1945 Shankara served as the director of ISRO’s Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad during 2002-2005 and ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bangalore during 2005-2008, and was awarded PadmaShri in the year 2004.
Mylswamy Annadurai Born: 2 July, 1958 Annadurai served as the director of the successful Chandrayan moon mission.[53] He had previously served in the IRS-1A, IRS 1B, INSAT 2A, INSAT 2B, and EDUSAT projects.[53]
K. Radhakrishnan Born: August 29, 1949 Incumbent chairman of ISRO, former director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum

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