Sci­ence in space, sci­ence on the ground

Governance Now - - BRIEFINGS -

in­dia lost two of its em­i­nent sci­en­tists, prof ur rao and prof Yash pal, on July 24. rao served in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties, in­clud­ing as chair­man of isro, sec­re­tary, depart­ment of space, and chan­cel­lor of the in­dian in­sti­tute of sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy at Thiruvananthapuram. he was the man be­hind in­dia’s first satel­lite, Aryab­hatta. sci­en­tists and ed­u­ca­tor Yash pal, on the other hand, be­came a cult fig­ure with his sci­ence-based pro­gramme Turn­ing Point on do­or­dar­shan dur­ing the 1990s. he con­trib­uted to the study of cos­mic rays, high-en­ergy physics, as­tro­physics and de­vel­op­ment. pal also served as the chief con­sul­tant of the plan­ning com­mis­sion and as ugc chair­man. Both rao and pal were hon­oured with padma Bhushan as well as padma vib­hushan for their ex­em­plary ser­vices in the field of sci­ence.

prof ur rao (1932-2017)

prof Yash pal (1926-2017)

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