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Prof. Udupi Ramachandra Rao

Bachelor of Sciences from Madras University, India, 1951,
MS from Banaras Hindu University, India 1953,
Ph.D. from Gujarat University, India1960,
Date of birth
10 March 1932 Adamaru, Udupi, India
National Recognition:
Padma Vibhushan (1976).
D. Litt. (Hon. Causa) from Kannada University, Hampi
D.Sc (Hons. Causa) from the Universities of:
1976 Mysore ,1976 Rahuri, 1981 Calcutta, 1984 Mangalore,
1992 Banaras, 1992 Udaipur, 1993 Tirupati (SV), 1994 Hyderabad (JN)
1994 Madras (Anna University), 1994 Roorkee University,
1995 Punjabi University, Patiala, 1997 Shri Shahu Ji Maharaj University, Kanpur, 1999 Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad,
2001 D.Litt. (Hons. Causa) from Kannada University, Hampi,
2002 Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut,
2005 UP Technical University, Lucknow,
2006 Viswesvaraiah Technical University, Belgaum ,
2007 Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi,
1992 University of Bologna (Italy),
Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences
Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy
Fellow of National Science Academy
Fellow of Third World Academy of Sciences
Fellow of the International Academy of Astronautics
Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering
Fellow of the Astronautical Society of India
Hon. Fellow of the Aeronautical Society
Distinguished Fellow Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers
Hon. Fellow of Indian National Cartographic Association
Fellow of Broadcasting and Engineering Society of India
Hon. Fellow Aero Medical Society of India
Distinguished Fellow of Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad
Fellow of World Academy of Arts & Sciences, USA.
Positions held
1988 - Chairman, PRL Council, ISRO-DOS
2005 - Chairman, Karnataka Science & Technology Academy
2007 - Additional Director, Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore
2007 President, Centre for Space Physics, Kolkata
2006 - 2011 Chancellor, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Unversity, Lucknow
2006 - 2010 Member, Central Board of Directors, Reserve Bank of India.
2007 - Chairman, Governing Council of Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune
1997 - Co-Chairman, Governing Council of National Center for Antarctic & Ocean Research, Goa
1984 - 1994 Chairman, Space Commission/Secretary, Department of Space, Government of India & Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bangalore
1981 - 2001 Member, Space Commission, Government of India
2001 - 2002 Chairman, Prasar Bharati Board
1997 - 2001 Member, Prasar Bharati Board
1998 - 2001 Member, National Security Advisory Board
1997 - 2000 Chairman, United Nations - Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN-COPUOS)
1975 - 1984 Director, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore
1994 - 1999 Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Professor of the Department of Space
1972 - 1975 Project Director, Indian Scientific Satellite Project, Bangalore
1969 - 1972 Professor, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad.
1966 - 1969 Associate Professor, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad.
1963 - 1966 Asst. Professor at S.W. Centre for Advanced Research, Dallas, Texas.
1961 - 1963 Post Doctoral Fellow MIT, USA.
Professional Activities in International Arena
1984-1992 Vice President, International Astronautical Federation
1988 to date President, Committee for Liaison with Developing Nations (CLODIN) of IAF
1997-2000 Chairman, UN-COPUOS (United Nations - Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space)
1999 President, UNISPACE-III Conference
2007 Chairman, 30th International Antarctic Treaty Consultative Committee Meeting
Organised Special Plenary Current Event Sessions as a part of International Astronautical Federation Congress
1987 Use of Space Technology for the benefit of Human Kind, at Brighton (IAF)
1988 Space and Drought Management at Bangalore, India (IAF)
1989 Space and Flood Management at Malaga, Spain (IAF)
1990 Space and Forest Management at Dresden, Germany (IAF)
1991 Space and Agriculture Management at Montreal, Canada (IAF)
1992 Space and Developing Countries at Washington, USA (IAF)
1993 Space and Environment at Graz, Austria (IAF)
1994 Space and Rural Development at Jerusalem, Israel (IAF)
1995 Space for Education, Health Care and Environmental Monitoring at Oslo, Norway (IAF)
1996 Population Dynamics and Management of Urban Environment at Beijing, China (IAF)
1997 Space and Industrial Partnership for Rapid Development, Turin, Italy (IAF)
1998 Space in Transitioning Economic Scenario, Melbourne, Australia (IAF)
1999 Space Technology for Sustainable Economic Growth, Amsterdam, Netherlands (IAF)
2000 Space in the Next Millennium - Towards an Equitable Village at Rio de Jeneiro, Brazil (IAF)
2001 Space & Information Technology - From Digital Divide to Digital Bridge at Toulouse, France (IAF)
2002 Director - Summer Design Project on "Space for Enhancing Human Health" for the International Space University at Pomona, California (ISU)
2002 Space Solutions for Global Problems: Building Partnership with All Stakeholders in Human Security and Development at Houstan, USA (IAF)
2003 Space for Enhancement of Carrying Capacity at Bremen, Germany (IAF)
2004 National Disaster Management on a Global Scale" at Vancouver, Canada (IAF)
2005 Space Education and Capacity Building for Sustainable Development at Fukuoka, Japan (IAF)
2006 Use of Space Technology for Water Resource Management at Valencia, Spain (IAF)
2007 Space Technology for Poverty Alleviation at Hyderabad, India (IAF)
President of UNISPACE III Conference, Vienna in 1979
Led Indian Delegation in COPUOS and S&T Sub Committee of COPUOS from 1980 to 1994, UNISPACE-II in 1982 and President UNISPACE-III in 2000.
Chairman of the UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (1996-1999)
Published over 360 Scientific and Technical papers in various Journals.
Author of following Books
"Perspectives in Communications" (1987), World Scientific Pub. Co. Pvt.Ltd.
"Space and Agenda 21 - Caring for Planet Earth" (1995) Prism Books Pvt Ltd (Bangalore).
"Space Technology for Sustainable Development" (1996) - Tata McCraw Hill Pub., New Delhi.
"India's Rise as a Space Power" (2014) - Cambridge University Press India Pvt Ltd.
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