ISRO has instituted the Prof Satish Dhawan Distinguished
Professorship in memory of Prof Satish Dhawan, former Chairman, ISRO, (passed
away in Bangalore on January 3, 2002). Prof Dhawan's stewardship of ISRO was
distinguished by his keen sensitivity to the true needs of a developing nation,
a confident appreciation of the ability of ISRO's scientists and engineers, and
the involvement of Indian industry, both public and private.
Prof Satish Dhawan was a great teacher, researcher, engineer, technologist,
manager, adviser and leader. In each of these roles, he attached a high level
of dedication, breadth of vision, meticulousness and, above all, humanity
which, combined with his extraordinary scientific and technological abilities,
transformed these organisations, achieving results beyond their normal
potential. It is to promote the values for which Prof Satish Dhawan stood for
and to advance scientific and technological research, which were dear to Prof
Dhawan, that ISRO has instituted the Distinguished Professorship in his memory.
Dr George Joseph, former Director of Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad, is
the first to be awarded the Prof Satish Dhawan Distinguished Professorship.
During the tenure of this professorship, Dr George Joseph will work for
furthering the use of space technology in hitherto unexplored areas of