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Who is Udupi Ramachandra Rao Biography: Birthday, Education, Achievements, Awards and Honours, Death and Google Doodle


Who is Udupi Ramachandra Rao Biography

On 10th March, Google observes the 89th birthday of renowned Indian professor and scientist Udupi Ramachandra Rao who is known as “India’s Satellite Man.” Udupi Ramachandra was an Indian space scientist and chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He became the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Physical Research Laboratory at Ahmedabad and Nehru Planetarium at Bengaluru and of the Indian Institute for Space Science and Technology (IIST) at Thiruvananthapuram.

Udupi Ramachandra Rao Early Life

  • Born at Adamaru ( Karnataka).
  • Father name – Lakshminarayana Acharya
  • Mother Name – Krishnaveni Amma
  • Primary education – Adamaru
  • secondary education – Christian High School, Udupi
  • Graduation – B.Sc. from Government Arts and Science College, Anantpur
  • Post-Graduation – M.Sc from Banaras Hindu University (Banaras Hindu University, 1954)
  • PhD – Physical Research Laboratory Ahmedabad (Gujarat University, 1960)

Udupi Ramachandra Rao: Career

  • Rao began his career as a cosmic ray scientist and started working under Dr Vikram Sarabhai, which he continued at MIT. In association with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory group, he was the first to establish the continuous nature of the solar wind and its effect on geomagnetism using Mariner 2 observations.

Udupi Ramachandra Rao: National Awards

  • Karnataka Rajyotsava Award (1975)
  • Hari Om Vikram Sarabhai Award (1975)
  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in the Space science & technology field (1975)
  • Padma Bhushan (1976)
  • National Design Award (1980)
  • Vasvik Research Award in the Electronic Sciences & Technology field (1980)
  • Karnataka Rajyotsava Award (1983)
  • PC Mahalnobis Medal (1987)
  • Om Prakash Bhasin Award in the Energy & Aerospace field (1993)
  • Meghnad Saha Medal (1993)
  • P.C. Chandra Puraskar Award (1994)
  • Electronics Man of the Year Award by ELCINA (1994)
  • Zaheer Hussain Memorial Award (1995)
  • Aryabhata Award (1995)
  • Jawaharhal Nehru Award (1995)
  • SK Mitra Birth Centenary Gold Medal (1996)
  • Yudhvir Foundation Award (1997)    
  • Rabindranath Tagore Award of Viswa Bharati University (1997)
  • Gujar Mal Modi Award for Science & Technology (1999)
  • Nadoja Award from Kannada University, Hampi (2001)
  • Life Time Contribution Award in Engineering of INAE (2001)
  • Sir M. Visvesvaraya Memorial Award (2002)
  • Press Bureau of India Award (2003)
  • Star of India Award from Vishwabharathy Foundation, Hyderabad (2004)
  • Special Award 2004, Karnataka Media Academy (2004)
  • Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Outstanding Leadership Award (2005)
  • Life Time Achievement Award of Indian Space Research Organisation (2007)
  • Distinguished Scientist Gold Medal of the Karnataka Science & Technology Academy (2007)
  • Vishwamanava Award by Vishwamanava Samsthe (2007)
  • A.V. Rama Rao Technology Award (2007)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Award for 2007-2008 from ISCA (2008)
  • Padma Vibhushan (2017)

Udupi Ramachandra Rao: International Awards

  • Group Achievement Award by NASA, USA (1973)
  • Medal of Honour by Academy of Sciences, USSR (1975)
  • Yuri Gagarin Medal of USSR (1991)
  • Allan D Emil Award on International Cooperation (1992)
  • Frank J Malina Award (International Astronautical Federation)(1994)
  • Vikram Sarabhai Medal of COSPAR (1996)
  • Outstanding Book Award of the International Academy of Astronautics for the Book Space Technology for
  • Sustainable Development (1997)
  • Eduard Dolezal Award of ISPRS (2000)
  • Theodore Von Karman Award which is the highest award of the International Academy of Astronautics (2005)
  • Inducted into Satellite Hall of Fame by Society of Satellite Professionals International’ (2013)
  • Inducted into Hall of Fame by International Astronautical Federation (2016)

Udupi Ramachandra Rao: Books

  • U. R. Rao, K. Kasturirangan, K. R. Sridhara Murthi. and Surendra Pal (Editors), “Perspectives in Communications”, World Scientific (1987). ISBN 978-9971-978-76-1
  • U. R. Rao, “Space and Agenda 21 – Caring for Planet Earth”, Prism Books Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore (1995).
  • U. R. Rao, “Space Technology for Sustainable Development”, Tata McGraw-Hill Pub., New Delhi (1996)

Udupi Ramachandra Rao Google Doodle:

  • Google has celebrated the 89th birthday of renowned Indian professor and scientist Udupi Ramachandra Rao (“India’s Satellite Man.”).

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