K. Radhakrishnan

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Koppillil Radhakrishnan
K Radhakrishnan 2013 2.JPG
Radhakrishnan in 2013
Born (1949-08-29) 29 August 1949 (age 67)
Dominion of India
Fields Electrical engineering and space research
Institutions VSSC, ISRO
Alma mater IIT Kharagpur (Ph.D., 2000)
IIM Bangalore (PGDM, 1976)
Govt Engg College Thrissur (B.Sc. Engg., 1970)
Known for Chandrayaan, MOM
Notable awards Padma Bhushan (2014)[1]

Koppillil Radhakrishnan[2] (born 29 August 1949) is an Indian scientist. He is chairman of the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, having taken the position in December 2014,[3] and is chairman for the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology.[4] Radhakrishnan previously served as chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) between 2009 and 2014.[5][6][7] He is a life fellow of the Indian Geophysical Union and is also an accomplished vocalist (Carnatic music) and Kathakali artist.[8]

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 master's 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.[9] He has excelled in music, dance and other art forms during his educational period. He himself has given vocal stage performances.[10]

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.[8] He has held the following positions:

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2014: Radhakrishnan received the Padma Bhushan Award for his contribution to Science and Engineering, especially in the field of Space Science and Technology.[2]
  • 2014: Named one of Nature's ten "people who mattered" of 2014 on December 18, 2014, along with Maryam Mirzakhani, Radhika Nagpal, and others.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "List of Padma awardees". The Hindu. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Isro, IISc men get top national honour". The Times of India. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Board stamp on IIEST upgrade". The Telegraph. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Board of Management". Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology. 2013. 
  5. ^ "ISRO gets a new chairman". Deccan Herald. 25 October 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Dr K Radhakrishnan made ISRO chief". Press Trust of India. Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan retires". Hindustan Times. Press Trust of India. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Dr K Radhakrishnan made ISRO chief". Hindustan Times. 24 October 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  9. ^ Radhakrishnan, M. G. (25 October 2009). "New ISRO chief a noted Kathakali dancer". India Today. 
  10. ^ "ISRO chief sings a different note". The New Indian Express. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Dr. K. Radhakrishnan". University of Hyderabad. Archived from the original on 7 December 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  12. ^ a b "Dr K Radhakrishnan takes over as Secretary, Department of Space, Chairman, Space Commission and Chairman, ISRO" (Press release). Indian Space Research Organisation. 31 October 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  13. ^ Gibney, Elizabeth; Ledford, Heidi; Lok, Corie; Hayden, Erika Check; Cowen, Ron; et al. (December 18, 2014). "365 days: Nature's 10". Nature. 516 (7531): 311–319. PMID 25519114. doi:10.1038/516311a. 

External links[edit]

Media related to K. Radhakrishnan at Wikimedia Commons

Government offices
Preceded by
G. Madhavan Nair
ISRO Chairman
Succeeded by
Shailesh Nayak