Koppillil Radhakrishnan was born on 29 August 1949. He was appointed in December 2014 as the Chairman of the Indian Institutes of Engineering Science and Technology and also chaired the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology. He had previously also served as the chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from 2009 to 2014. He got the lifetime fellowship of the Indian Geophysical Union. He was amongst the group of key people behind India’s moon mission Chandrayaan-1. He was later honoured with the Padma Bhushan Award for his contribution to Science and Engineering, especially in the field of Space Science and Technology.
Kailas Nath Kaul was an Indian botanist and a world authority on Arecaceae. His contribution in the field of biological science has been recognised all over the world. After serving as the first Indian scientist at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, England he established the National Botanical Research Institute at Lucknow in 1948. His work on the medicinal plant Artemisia brevifolia in Kashmir results into increase in yields of Santonin six times. This results into the production of Santonin economically viable in India. By studying the spatial patterns of vegetation and depths of wells, Kaul discovered fresh water aquifers in Jodhpur, the Thar Desert in India. After this discovery, a Desert Reclamation Scheme was prepared by him in order to solve Jodhpur’s water shortage problem. The Banthra Formula is his famous work in which he reclaimed several thousand acres of alkaline land of Uttar Pradesh. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1977.
17. Kariamanickam Srinivasa Krishnan (1898–1961)
This Indian physicist was Born in 1898 in Tamil Nadu. His mentor was C.V. Raman and he worked along with him on the famous Raman scattering. He developed a technique to measure the magnetic anisotropy of dia and paramagnetic crystals which was published by the Royal Society of London in 1933 titled, ‘Investigations on Magne-Crystallic Action’. With a view to elaborate the magnetic properties of crystals in relation to their structure he collaborated with Dr. Santilal Banerjee. Their joint paper was published in Nature, Terrestrial Magnetism and Atmospheric Electricity, and also by the Royal Society. He received various prestigious Awards such as the Padma Bhushan in 1954 and the prestigious Bhatnagar Award in 1958.
He was an Indian physicist and was born on 28 August 1928 in Kerala. One of his most significant contributions is to establish the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, in 1945. His experiments with cosmic rays were done to explore the properties of fundamental particles. He performed deep underground experiments with cosmic ray neutrinos in the mines of Kolar Gold Fields. In 1970, he was elected as a fellow of Royal Society. He is currently serving as the President of the Indian Statistical Institute and is also the Vikram Sarabhai Fellow of the Indian Space Research Organisation. In 2008, the asteroid 7564 ‘Gokumenon’was named after him. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1968 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1985.
20. M.O.P. Iyengar (1886–1963)
Mandayam Osuri Parthasarathy Iyengar was an eminent Indian botanist and phycologist who performed various researches in the structure, cytology, reproduction and taxonomy of algae. He is regarded and called as the ‘father of Indian phycology’or ‘father of algology in India’. He was also the first President of Phycological Society of India.
21. Panchanan Maheshwari (1904–1966)
Panchanan Maheswari was an Indian botanist who is famous for his invention of ‘the technique of test-tube fertilisation of angiosperms’. With this invention, it became possible to create new hybrid plants whose natural crossbreeding was not possible previously. He served as a chief editor for his scientific journal Phytomorphology until his death in 1966; and for the popular magazine Botanica. He founded the International Society of Plant Morphologists in 1951.
He was a prominent Indian physicist and also a meteorologist.The first success in remote sensing in India was his experiment of detecting the coconut wilt-root disease with the use of Soviet aircraft and US equipment. Hence he is also known as the father of remote sensing in India. During 1972–1975, he served as the Director of Remote Sensing and Satellite Meteorology at ISRO Space Applications Centre, Ahmadabad. From 1963 to 1968, he served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board in World Meteorological Organisation and later went on to become its Chairman. He also served as the Vice-President of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences. In his fond memory, The Indian National Remote Sensing Award was renamed as ‘P. R. Pisharoty Memorial Award’.
24. Raghunath Anant Mashelkar
He is an Indian chemical engineer and was born on 1 January 1943. He is also known by his other name Ramesh Mashelkar. He served as the Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). After independence, he played a significant role in shaping India’s policies of science and technology. He served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister while also leading the successive governments’Scientific Advisory Committee. Twelve different committees were chaired by him, which observed the issues such as higher education, national fuel policy, the drug regulatory system and the agriculture research system. Under the chairmanship of Mashelkar, a technical expert group on patent laws was established in 2005, so as to find out whether the amendments made in Indian patent law were Trade related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) compliant or not. The committee concluded unanimously that the amendments were not TRIPS compliant. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2014.
U.R. Rao, was a space scientist who was born in 1932. He was the former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation. At Present, he is serving as The Chairman of Governing Council of the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad and The chancellor of Indian Institute for Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram. Rao was conferred with the Padma Bhushan in 1976. Rao made a great contribution for the establishment of Indian satellite technology in 1972. Under his supervision many satellites were designed and launched with an aim to provide communication, remote sensing and meteorological services. These includes India’s first satellite ‘Aryabhata’in 1975, Bhaskara, APPLE, Rohini, INSAT-1 and INSAT-2 series of multipurpose satellites and the IRS-1A and IRS-1B remote sensing satellites.