Prof U R Rao, 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 2005. The award will be presented to Prof Rao at the Award
Dinner on October 16, 2005 at Fukuoka, Japan during the 56th International
Astronautical Congress organised jointly by International Academy of
Astronautics, International Astronautical Federation and International
Institute of Space Law.
Von Karman Award is the premier award of the International Academy of
Astronautics given annually to recognize outstanding life-time achievements in
any branch of science. The award was instituted in 1987 in memory of Dr
Theodore Van 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 and Dr Jacques E Blamont of France. Prof U R Rao is the
first from a developing country to receive this Award.
Prof Rao had earlier received Alan D Emil Award for International Cooperation
and Frank J Malina Award for Space Education. It may be recalled that Prof Rao
was ranked among top ten international space personalities by the International
Weekly, Space News, in August 2004.