K. Radhakrishnan

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Koppillil Radhakrishnan[1]
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Radhakrishnan in 2013
Born (1949-08-29) 29 August 1949 (age 65)
Irinjalakuda, Thrissur, Kerala
Residence India
Nationality Indian
Fields Electrical Engineering and Space research
Institutions VSSC
Alma mater IIT Kharagpur (Ph.D., 2000)
IIM Bangalore (PGDM, 1976)
Govt Engg College Thrissur (B.Sc. Engg., 1970)
Known for Chandru, Mangalyaan
Notable awards Padma Bhushan (2014)[2]

K. Radhakrishnan is an Indian scientist and the present chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).[3] He is also the chairman of the board of management, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology.[4] He has also served as the director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram. He is a life fellow of the Indian Geophysical Union and is also an accomplished vocalist (Carnatic music) and Kathakali artist.[5] Radhakrishnan took charge as the Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 31 October 2009 succeeding G. Madhavan Nair.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Radhakrishnan hails from Irinjalakuda in Thrissur District, Kerala. After his studies from Christ College, Irinjalakuda, he completed his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1970 from the Government Engineering College, Thrissur. He started his career in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) as an Avionics Engineer at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum, in 1971.

While at ISRO, he joined the masters programme in management at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He received his masters degree in management in 1976. In 2000, he obtained his doctorate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Radhakrishnan is a Carnatic Music and Kathakali enthusiast.[7] He has excelled in music, dance and other art forms during his educational period. He himself has given vocal stage performances.[8]

Positions held[edit]

He has held several key positions in ISRO and was one of the key people behind India's Chandrayaan-1 moon mission.[5] He has held the following positions:

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2014 Radhakrishnan received the Padma Bhushan Award for his contribution to Science and Engineering, especially in the field of Space Science and Technology.[1]

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Government offices
Preceded by
G. Madhavan Nair
ISRO Chairman
2009 –
Succeeded by