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Pune 24 July 2017 (PCP NEWS) : The world renowned Space Scientist and Father of indigenous satellite program, EX ISRO Chief, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan Professor Udupi Rama Chandra Rao left this materialistic world for an external space at the age of 85, at Bengaluru in his residence.

Professor Udupi Rama Chandra Rao, was popularly known all over Space community fondly, he left this materialistic world yesterday for an external Space at the age of 85. He was the truly Golden son of India who laid down his entire life in sowing the Space Science Seed in Indian Soil was recently decorated with Padma Vibhushan award. He was the recipient of numerous Doctorates and awards all over Space agencies. He was Director, Chairman, Secretary, Space commission chairman, chief pay load scientist for Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan. and was also the member of UN space governing council and Advisory body to Government of India. Our country, if at all, has achieved anything world class scientific achievements its only because of this great man.

U. R. Rao was born at Adamaru in Karnataka State, India. His parents were Lakshminarayana Acharya and Krishnaveni Amma. He had his primary education at Adamaru, then he completed his secondary education from Christian High School, Udupi. He completed his B.Sc in Government Arts and Science College, Anantpur, M.Sc from Banaras Hindu University and Ph.D at Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad under the guidance of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai.

Rao was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 1976. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2017. He was inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame, Washington on 19 March 2013 at a ceremony organised by the Society of Satellite Professionals International. With this he became the first Indian to be inducted. He was also to be inducted in International Astronautics Federation (IAF) as on 15 May 2016, and was also the first Indian again to achieve such a feat.

Today is a Black Day for Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Its a great loss for all Indians and the whole ISRO community who today lost his Profound Father and has become Orphan today. Presently he was the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Physical Research Laboratory at Ahmedabad and Nehru Planetarium at Bengaluru and chancellor of Indian Institute for Space Science and Technology (IIST) at Thiruvananthapuram. PCP/DJ 08 30

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