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Know all about ISRO Chief Dr K Sivan

K Sivan or Kailasavadivoo Sivan (born 14 April 1957) is an Indian space scientist and the chairperson of the Indian Space Research Organization.
K. Sivan was born in Mela Sarakkalvilai, near Nagarkovil in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu state of India. His parents are Kailasavadivoo and Chellam.
Sivan is known for his significant contribution to the development of cryogenic engines, for India's space programme.
ISRO Chief Dr K Sivan
ISRO Chief Dr K Sivan

Sivan is the son of a farmer and studied in a Tamil medium Government school in Mela Sarakkalvilai Village and later in Vallankumaranvilai in Kanyakumari district. He is the first graduate from his family. Later Sivan graduated with a bachelor's degree in engineering from Madras Institute of Technology in 1980. He then got a master's degree in aerospace engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1982, and started working in ISRO. He earned a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Aeronautical Society of India and the Systems Society of India.


  • Sivan worked on the design and development of launch vehicles for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). 
  • Sivan joined ISRO in 1982 to participate in the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Project. 
  • Sivan was appointed as the director of ISRO's Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre on 2 July 2014. On 1 June 2015, he became the Director of VSSC. 
  • Sivan was appointed the chief of ISRO in January 2018 and he assumed office on 15 January. Under his chairmanship, ISRO launched Chandrayaan 2, the second mission to the moon on July 22, 2019.
  • Sivan has previously served as the Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center and the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre.


Awards

  • Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr Vikram Sarabhai Research award (1999)
  • ISRO merit award (2007)
  • Dr Biren Roy Space Science award (2011)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award (2013) from MIT Alumni Association, Chennai
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award (2018) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • He was conferred Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from Sathyabama University, Chennai on April 2014.
  • Tamil Nadu government’s Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award. (2019)

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