Professor Satish Dhawan, 100



ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) is planned to observe birth centenary of  Professor Satish Dhawan the former Chairman, ISRO, and the Chairman, Space Commissilon 

Prof. Satish Dhawan (25 September 1920--3 January 2002) was an Indian rocket scientist that was born in Srinagar, India and educated in India and the United States.  He's considered by the Indian scientific community to function as the father of experimental fluid dynamics study in India and one of the most distinguished researchers in the field of turbulence and boundary layers.He triumphed Vikram Sarabhai, the creator of the Indian space programme, as Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in 1972.  He was also the Chairman of the Space Commission and Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Space.

  In the decade after his appointment he led the Indian space programme by means of a period of extraordinary growth and spectacular achievement. .  Even while he was the mind of the space programme, he also committed substantial efforts towards border research.  His main contributions are introduced in the book Boundary Layer Theory by Hermann Schlichting.

  He had been a popular professor at the Indian Institute of Science, (IISc) located in Bangalore.  He's blamed for establishing the first supersonic wind tunnel in India in IISc.  In addition, he pioneered research on relaminarization of split boundary layer flows, three-dimensional layers and trisonic flows.  Prof. Satish Dhawan carried out pioneering experiments in rural education, remote sensing and satellite communications.  His efforts resulted in operational systems like INSAT- a satellite satellite, IRS - the Indian Remote Sensing satellite and the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) that put India at the league of space faring nations.  

After his departure in 2002, the Indian satellite launch centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, located about 100 km north of Chennai in South India was renamed as the Prof. Satish Dhawan Space Centre. 


 University of the Punjab at Lahore (undivided India at that time and now in Pakistan)BA in Mathematics and Physics, MA in English Literature BE in Mechanical Engineering, 1945 University of Minnesota, MinneapolisAeronautical Engineer's Degree, 1949 PhD in Aeronautics and Mathematics,1951, (with Prof Hans W. Liepmann as his advisor)


Date of arrival Padma Vibhushan, Indira Gandhi AwardFieldsMechanical and Aerospace 

EngineeringInstitutions:Indian Space Research Organization, Indian Institute of Science,California 

Institute of Technology, National Aerospace laboratories, Indian Academy of Sciences and Indian Space Commission.


Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, IndiaSenior Scientific Officer, 1951

Professor and Head of the Department of Aeronautical Engineering, 1955

Manager, 1962-1981California Insititute of Technology,

 USAVisiting Professor, 1971-72

National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore, IndiaChairman,Research council, 1984-93

ndian Academy of SciencesPresident, 1977-1979

ndian Space Research OrganisationChairman, 1972-1984

Indian Space CommissionChairman, 1972-1984

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