Dr G Madhavan Nair,

Ex-Chairman ISRO
Dr G Madhavan Nair, the immediate past Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was crowned as the President of the International Academy of Astronautics(IAA) on October 11, 2009 during the General Assembly of the IAA in Daejeon, South Korea. He served as the Vice-President of Scientific Activities of the IAA during the last 4 years.

The Academy was established in Stockholm in 1960 by the leaders among the early pioneers in space and had as Presidents: Theodor Von Karman, Frank Malina, Stark Draper, George E. Mueller, Michael Yarymovych and Edward Stone. The election of Dr Madhavan Nair to the post of President of IAA is significant as he is the first Indian expert in space to become President of IAA.

Dr. G. Madhavan Nair was till recently serving as the Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO), & Secretary, Department of Space of Government of India. He is also the President of Astronautical Society of India (ASI). He started his career as Avionics Project Manager in the first Indian launch vehicle project. He was responsible for design, development and operationalisation of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) the work-horse launch vehicle of India. He held various responsibilities in ISRO including Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (largest Centre of ISRO) and Director of Liquid Propulsion System Centre. He became the Chairman of ISRO in 2003, and has 25 successful missions so far during his tenure. He operationalised multiple satellite launches using PSLV. His most significant contribution is the successful launch of India’s first mission to the Moon, the Chandrayaan-1, which has earned tremendous international acclaim. He was conferred with ‘Padma Bhushan‘ in 1998 and ‘Padma Vibhushan‘ in 2009 by the Government of India. He was awarded honorary Degrees of Doctor of Philosophy/Doctor of Science by 16 Universities in India.

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