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Kailasavadivoo Sivan

Kailasavadivoo Sivan was born in 14 April 1947.he is an Indian space scientist and the chairperson of the Indian Space Research organisation. He has previously served as the director of the Vikram sarabhai Space Centre and the liquid propulsion system centre.
K. Sivan
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K. Sivan addressing a press conference on Chandrayaan-2
ChairmanIndian Space Research Organisation
Assumed office
15 January 2018
Preceded byA. S. Kiran Kumar
Personal details
Kailasavadivoo Sivan

14 April 1957 (age 62)
Mela Sarakkalvilai,
Kanyakumari District,
(present-day Tamil Nadu), India
  • Madurai University (BSc)
  • Madras Institute of Technology (B.Tech)
  • IISc, Bangalore (M.E.)
  • IIT, Bombay (PhD)


He is son of a farmer and studied in Tamil medium government school in Mela Sarakkalvilai village and later in vallankumaranvilai in kanyakumari district. He is the first graduated person from his family later he graduated with a bachelor's degree in engineering from Madras institute of technology in 1980 and then got a master's degree in aerospace engineering from Indian institute of Science Bangalore in 1982 and also started working in ISRO. He is a fellow of the Indian National Academy of engineering, the astronautical society of India and the system society of India.


He worked on the design and development of launch vehicle for Indian Space Research organisation. He also joined ISRO in 1982 to participate on the polar satellite launch vehicle project. He was conferred doctor of Science from Sathyabama University, Chennai in April 2014 and on 1 June 2015, he became the director of Vikram sarabhai Space Centre.
He also appointed the chief of ISRO in January 2018 and he assumed office 15 January. under his chairmanship, ISRO launched chandrayaan 2, the second mission to the moon on July 22, 2019.


Dr APJ Abdul Kalam award, 2019
IEEE Simon Ramo Medal Shared with B.N. Suresh, 2020.

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