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List of ISRO Chairmen

Jan 18, 2018 05:03 IST

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the space agency of the Government of India headquartered in the city of Bangalore. Since 1963 there are 10 chairman of ISRO has been appointed. The current chairman of the ISRO is K. Sivan who took the charge in January 2018.The first chairman of the ISRO was Dr. Vikram Sarabhai.

           ISRO Chairman


       Lengh of Term

    1.  Vikram Sarabhai

     From 1963 to 1972

     9 years

    2. M. G. K. Menon

     From Jan. 1972 to Sept. 1972

     9 months

    3. Satish Dhawan

     From 1972 to 1984

     12 years

    4. Prof. U R Rao

     From 1984 to 1994

     10 years

    5. K. Kasturirangan

     From 1994 to 2003

     9 years

    6. G. Madhavan Nair

     From 2003 to 2009

     6 years

    7. K. Radhakrishnan

     From 2009 to 2014

     5 years

    8. Shailesh Nayak

     From 1 Jan. 2015 to 12 Jan. 2015               

     12 days

    9. A. S. Kiran Kumar

     From 2015 to 2018

     3 years

    10. K. Sivan

     From Jan 2018 Till date


    Facts about ISRO Chairmen

    1. Dr. Vikram Sarabhai (1963 to 1972) is considered the Father of the Indian space program. Vikrma Sarabhai established these institutions:
    I. Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad.
    II. Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad
    III. Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuramm
    IV. Faster Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR), Kalpakkam

    2. Prof. Satish Dhawan (1972-1984)
    I. He succeeded Vikram Sarabhai,the founder of the Indian space programme, as Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in 1972.
    II. His efforts led to operational systems like INSAT and PSLV in India.

    3. Prof. Udupi Ramachandra Rao (1984-1994)
    I. Dr. Rao undertook the responsibility for the establishment of satellite technology in India in 1972.
    II. He was in lead role in designing the first Indian satellite 'Aryabhata' in 1975.

    4. Dr. Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan (1994-2003)
    I. Under his leadership, as Chairman, ISRO, the space programme has witnessed several major milestones in the name of PSLV and GSLV.
    II. He was also the Project Director for India's first two experimental earth observation satellites, BHASKARA-I & II.

    5. Shri G.Madhavan Nair (2003-2009)
    I. Chandrayaan-1 was India's first lunar probe. It was launched under the chairmanship of Shri G.Madhavan Nair.
    II. During his tenure of six years as Chairman, ISRO/Secretary; 25 successful missions were accomplished by ISRO.

    6. Dr. K. Radhakrishnan (2009-2014)
    I. India's first interplanetary mission Mangalyaan was launched under the chairmanship of Mr.K. Radhakrishnan.

    7. Shri A S Kiran Kumar (2015 to 2018)
    I. He has done a commendable job in the launch of Chandrayaan-1 and Mars Orbiter Mission of India.
    II. Indian National Regional Navigation System (IRNSS) and GAGAN have been developed under his supervision.

    In the conclusion it can be said that the ISRO is doing very commendable job in the areas of space and astronomy. The contribution given by the all the chairmen of ISRO is very appreciable especially Dr. Vikram Sarabhai.

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