Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan

Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan (born 24 October 1940 in Ernakulam) is an Indian space scientist who headed the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from 1994 to 2003. He is the former chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University and the chairman of Karnataka Knowledge Commission. He is a former member of the Rajya Sabha (2003–09) and a former member of the now defunct Planning Commission of India. He was also the Director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, from April 2004 to 2009.


  • Space Research


  • National Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Indian Space Research Organization


  • Padma Shri (1982)
  • Padma Bhushan (1992)
  • Padma Vibhushan (2000)

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