Ram Narain Agarwal

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Ram Narain Agarwal is a noted aerospace engineer of India. He has significantly contributed towards the Agni series of surface-to-surface missiles.[1] and is considered the 'father of the Agni series of missiles'.[2]

He was born to a family of traders in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Agarwal has worked as Program Director (AGNI) and as Director Advanced Systems Laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).[3]

Education and qualifications[edit]


  • Padma Shri in the year 1990[4]
  • Padma Bhushan in the year 2000[4]
  • Dr. Biren Roy Space Science Award (1990) from Aero Society of India
  • Scientist of the Year Award (1993)
  • DRDO Technology Leadership Award (1998)
  • Chandrasekhar Saraswati National Eminence Award for Science (2000)
  • Life Time Achievement Award (2004).


  1. ^ "PM promises strict N-safeguards". The Tribune. Chandigarh. 18 May 2005. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  2. ^ "India will test-fire longest range missile: Natrajan". 17 May 2005. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  3. ^ Chengappa, Raj (8 August 2005). "Charioteer Of Fire". India Today. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.