Dr K Kasturirangan, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha),
Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore and former
Chairman of ISRO, has been awarded the most prestigious Theodore Von Karman
Award of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), Paris, for the year
2007. The award will be presented to Dr Kasturirangan at the Academy Day Dinner
on September 23, 2007 at Hyderabad, India during the 58th International
Astronautical Congress organised jointly by International Astronautical
Federation, International Academy of Astronautics and International Institute
of Space Law.
Von Karman Award is the highest distinction of the International Academy of
Astronautics given annually to recognise outstanding lifetime achievements in
any branch of science. The award was instituted in 1987 in memory of Dr
Theodore Von Karman, universally respected and legendary aerospace scientist
and founder and the First President of IAA. Some of the past recipients of the
Award are Dr Charles S Draper of USA, Prof Reimar Lust of Germany, Dr William H
Pickering of USA, Sir Arthur C Clark of UK, Dr Hubert Curien of France, Prof
Minoru Oda of Japan, Dr Jacques E Blamont of France and Prof U R Rao of India.
Dr Kasturirangan has made immense contribution to the Indian space programme
including the development of launch vehicles and satellite technology,
applications in the areas of remote sensing, communications and education that
have greatly benefited the society. He has also played a key role in
international bodies including International Academy of Astronautics and
Committee on Earth Observation Satellites.
Last year, Dr Kasturirangan was appointed as an Academician of the Pontifical
Academy of Sciences, Rome and was conferred the Honorary Fellowship by Cardiff
University, United Kingdom.