A. S. Rao

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Ayyagari Sambasiva Rao (popularly known as A.S.Rao) (1914–2003) was an eminent Indian scientist and founder of the Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), Hyderabad, Telangana, India.[1] [2]

Ayyagari Sambasiva Rao
Born 20 September 1914
Mogallu, West Godavari district
Died 31 October 2003
Nationality Indian
Citizenship India
Education Physics
Alma mater Banaras Hindu University
Awards Padma Bhushan Award
Website www.asrac.org/index_files/Page590.htm

Early life and education[edit]

Rao was born in a poor peasant’s family to Venkatachalam and Sundaramma on 20 September 1914 at Mogallu village of the fertile and picturesque West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. After schooling in his native state, he moved to Banaras Hindu University where he took his Master of Science degree in Physics in 1939, with high academic honours. For the next six years he taught and conducted research in that University. In 1946, Rao was selected for the prestigious Tata scholarship on which he went to take his master's degree in electrical engineering from Standford University. On his return from the US, Rao joined Tata Institute of Fundamental Research as a Reader in Experimental Physics and thus began his association with Dr Homi J. Bhabha in the development of India's science and technology. In the early days of his career, Rao worked on high altitude cosmic ray research. Very soon he localised his area of specialist interest in Electronic Instrumentation and it was possible for Bhabha to leave this dimension of developmental effort in the capable hands of Rao. He was the director of radiation health protection and electronics groups at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (Barc) and later played a key role in setting up ECIL in the city of Hyderabad in 1967 when the Dept of Atomic Energy (DAE) decided to go commercial in its electronics research.[3][4]

Awards and honours[edit]

Rao represented India at many international conferences on scientific development including UN conferences on peaceful uses of atomic energy. He also served on the editorial and advisory boards of many scientific journals including many international journals of repute.[2]

Recognition of his services to the nation has brought Rao many awards and honours:


A.S.Rao Nagar, also known as Dr. A. S. Rao Nagar, is a major suburb of Hyderabad named after Ayyagari Sambasiva Rao.[6] A book titled 'The man with a vision' was written on Dr.A.S.Rao by D. Mohana Rao.[7]