Google world is celebrating the 89th birthday of renowned Indian professor and scientist Udupi Ramachandra Rao on 10th March 2021 through its “Google Doodle”. The Google doodle features a sketch of Professor Rao and having a background of Earth and shooting stars to mark his contributions in the space arena.

Udupi Ramachandra Rao

An Indian space scientist also worked as the chairman of ISRO. Udupi Ramachandra Rao was also the Chairman of Governing Council of Indian Institute for Space Science and Technology at Thiruvananthapuram, Physical Research Laboratory at Ahmedabad and Nehru Planetarium at Bengaluru. Rao is remembered as the “India’s Satellite Man”. He died in 2017. Rao was born in a village of Karnataka on 10th March 1932 and started his career as a cosmic-ray physicist and as a protege of Dr Vikram Sarabhai who is regarded as the father of India’s space program. Rao then worked as a professor and conducted experiments on Pioneer and Explorer space probes of NASA. He returned to India in the year 1966 and lead the 1975 launch of India’s first satellite called “Aryabhata”. This satellite is one among 20 satellites the professor developed. The satellite transformed the rural India by providing advanced communication and meteorological services.

Awards & honour

Professor Udupi Ramachandra Rao was awarded with the Padma Bhushan in 1976 by Government of India, and Rao was conferred with the Padma Vibhushan in 2017. Professor Rao was inducted into Satellite Hall of Fame, Washington in March 2013 at the ceremony organised by the Society of Satellite Professionals International. Thus, he became the first Indian to be inducted into Satellite Hall of Fame. Rao was also inducted in International Astronautics Federation in May 2016 and became the first Indian again to achieve this honour.