Science in space, science on the ground
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)