Prof. U.R. Rao is an internationally renowned space scientist who has made original contribution to the development of space technology in India and its extensive application to communications and remote sensing of natural resources. Prof. Rao started his career as a cosmic ray scientist, under the late Dr. Vikram Sarabhai. In association with the JPL group, he was the first to establish the continuous nature of the solar wind and its effect on geomagnetism using Mariner 2 observations. Prof. Rao’s experiments on a number of Pioneer and Explorer spacecrafts, led to a complete understanding of the solar cosmic ray phenomena and the electromagnetic state of the interplanetary space. Prof. U.R.Rao and his group have also carried out extensive work in X-ray and Gamma Ray high-energy astronomy using rocket and satellite borne payloads.
Prof. Rao hails from Udupi. Prof. Rao is a recipient of many national and international awards and the D.Sc (Hon. Causa) from more than fifteen Universities. He was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 1976.
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