ISRO Chairman List:-The Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization is the statutory head of the India Space Research Organization (ISRO). The officeholder is a secretary to the Government of India and an executive of the Department of Space which directly reports to the Prime Minister of India.
The India National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR) was founded in 1962 under department of Atomic Energy with Vikram Sarabhai as its chairperson and the India National Committee for Space Research become India Space Research Organization (ISRO) in 1969. The government of India had set up a space commission and Department of Space (DoS) in 1972 and brought ISRO under the Department of Space. ISRO Chairman List is given below.
ISRO Chairman List from 1963 to 2022
The first chairman of the ISRO was Dr. Vikram Sarabhai and complete ISRO Chairman List is given below. ISRO Chairman List with their Office Tenure and Achievements is given in the table. ISRO Chairman List from 1963 to 2022
|S.No||ISRO Chairman||Achievements||Tenure||Length of Term|
|1||Dr. Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai||1. He is the father of Indian Space Program.|
2. He is Chairman of Atomic Energy
3. He started a project for fabrication and
launch of First Indian Satellite "Aryabhata"
|From 1963 to 1972||9 years|
|2||Prof. M. G. K. Menon||1. He was an Advisor in the Department of |
Space an Indian Space Research
2. He was the President of Indian Statistical
3. He has done Scientific work in Cosmic
|From Jan. 1972 to Sept. 1972||9 months|
|3||Prof. Satish Dhawa||1. He was an Indian Rocket Scientist.|
2. He is father of experimental fluid dynamics
research in the field of turbulence and
boundary layer, in India.
3. First supersonic wind tunnel in India at
Indian Institute of Science Bangalore.
4. He carried out experiments in rural
education, remote sensing and satellite
|From 1972 to 1984||12 years|
|4||Prof. Udupi Ramachandra Rao||1. He was an internationally renowned |
2. He contribute to the development of space
technology in India and its extensive
application to communication
and remote sensing of natural resources .
3. He works in development of rocket
technology (ASLV Rocket).
4. He has published over 350 Scientific and
Technical papers covering cosmic rays,
interplanetary physics,high energy
astronomy, space applications and satellite
and rocket technology.
5. He was awarded Padma Bhushan Aaward
in 1976 and Padma Vibhushan in 2017.
6. He was the first Indian Scientist to be
inducted into highly Prestigious Satellite
Hall of Fame at Washington
DC, USA in 2013 and IAF Hall of Fame at
|From 1984 to 1994||10 years|
|5||Dr. K. Kasturirangan||1. He is presently member of Planning |
2. He was director of ISRO Satellite Centre.
3. He helped in development of new
generation spacecraft, Indian National
Satellite (INSAT-2) and Indian Remote
Sensing Satellites (IRS-1A & 1B) as well
as scientific satellites development and
launching of the world's best civilian
satellites, IRS-1C and 1D, realization of the
second generation and initiation of
third generation INSAT satellites, besides
launching ocean observation satellites
4. He has been conferred Padma Shri,
Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan.
5. He has published more than 200 papers,
both in international and national
journals in the areas of astronomy, space
science, space applications and has
edited 6 books.
|From 1994 to 2003||9 years|
|6||Shri G. Madhavan Nair||1. He joined Thumba Equatorial Rocket |
Launching Station (TERLS) in 1967 an
during his tenure of six
years as Chairman, ISRO/Secretary, DOS,
25 successful missions were accomplished
i.e. INSAT-3E, RESOURCESAT-1, EDUSAT,
CARTOSAT-1, HAMSAT-1, INSAT-4A,
PSLV-C5, GSLV-F1, PSLV-C6,
CARTOSAT-2, INSAT-4B, SRE-1, PSLV-C7,
PSLV-C8, GSLV-F04, INSAT-4CR, PSLV-
IMS-1, PSLV-C9, CHANDRAYAAN-1, PSLV-
C11, PSLV-12, PSLV-C14 OCEANSAT-2.
2. He has led the Indian delegation to the
S&T Sub-Committee of United Nations
Committee on Peaceful uses of Outer
Space (UN-COPUOS) since 1998.
|From 2003 to 2009||6 years|
|7||Dr. K. Radhakrishnan||1. He is a Technocrat par excellence, a |
dynamic and result-oriented Chairman of
2. Founder Chairman of Indian Ocean Global
Ocean Observing System (2001-06) and
Chairman of the Working Group of the
Whole UN-COPUOS STSC (2008-2009).
|From 2009 to 2014||5 years|
|8||Shailesh Nayak||1. He has served ISRO and MoES in several |
capacities namely: 2014 - Chairman, Indian
Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
2. Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences
(MoES) and Chairman, Earth Commission,
India in 2008
3. Director, Indian National Centre for
Ocean Information Services, INCOIS,
Hyderabad in 2006
|From 1 Jan. 2015 to 12 Jan. 2015||12 days|
|9||Shri A. S. Kiran Kumar||1. He was distinguished Scientist and |
Director, Space Applications Centre,
Ahmedabad, assumed the office of the
Secretary, Department of Space,
Chairman, Space Commission and
Chairman, Indian Space Research
Organisation (ISRO) on January 14, 2015.
2. He worked for steering the design,
development & realization of payloads and
application activities of earth observation,
communication, navigation, space science
and planetary exploration.
3. He has represented ISRO in international
forums like World Meteorological
Committee on Earth Observation Satellites
(CEOS) and Indo-US Joint Working Group
on Civil Space Cooperation.
|From 2015 to 2018||3 years|
|10||Dr. K. Sivan||1. He served as the Secretary, Department of |
Space, Chairman, Space Commission and
Chairman, Indian Space Research
Organization (ISRO) from January 2018 to
2. He has significantly contributed towards
end-to- end mission planning, design,
integration and analysis and innovative
contributions in mission
design enabled the consistent performance
of PSLV, GSLV MkII & MkIII including RLVTD.
3. He is the chief architect of 6D trajectory
simulation software, SITARA.
4. He has received many awards including
Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from
5. He was the chief mission architect for
successful launch of 104 satellites in a
single mission of PSLV.
|From Jan 2018 to Jan 2022||3 years|
|11||Shri S. Somanath||1. He is Aerospace Engineer and Current |
Chairmen of Indian Space Research
2. He was the Director of Vikram Sarabhai
Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram and Director of Liquid propulsion System Centre.
3. He has worked in the field of Launch
Vehicle Design, Launch Vehicle system
engineering, structural desgin,
structural dynamics and pyrotechnics.
|12 Jan 2022||Incumbent|
For more details of ISRO Chairman List Visit Department of Space, India Research Organization official website https://www.isro.gov.in/about-isro/former-chairmen. ISRO Chairman List from 1963 to 2022