ISRO Chief: Journey of Dr Kailasavadivoo Sivan from a farmer’s son to a rocket scientist

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Dr Kailasavadivoo Sivan facts – From a farmer’s son to a rocket scientist… we are talking about a man from Tamil Nadu who made our country proud, Dr. Kailasavadivoo Sivan, the chairperson of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

dr kailasavadivoo sivan facts

Sivan is an Indian space scientist who was born on born 14 April 1957. Before joining ISRO, he served as the Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center and the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre. We bring you Dr Kailasavadivoo Sivan facts and journey till now.

Dr Kailasavadivoo Sivan facts and journey


  • Dr Kailasavadivoo Sivan was born to a farmer in Tarakkanvillai village in Kanyakumari district. He did his schooling from a local government school. Sivan never took any tuition or coaching classes.
  • Sivan completed his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Madras Institute of Technology. He later completed his masters in aerospace engineering from IISC, Bengaluru.
  • Then in 2006, he completed his Ph.D. from IIT Bombay. He also holds an honorary doctorate in science from Sathyabama University.

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Career – Dr Kailasavadivoo Sivan facts

  • In 1982, Sivan joined ISRO. Sivan has been a part of many projects including GSLV, PSLV, and GSLV Mk III apart from being a project director of GSLV rocket.
  • In January 2018, Sivan became the ninth chief of ISRO after taking over from AS Kiran Kumar.
  • Under his chairmanship, ISRO launched the second mission to the moon on 22 July 2019, Chandrayaan 2.
  • He has also published a book titled Integrated Design for Space Transportation System in 2015.

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  • Sivan has been awarded multiple times including Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr Vikram Sarabhai Research Award (1999), ISRO Merit Award (2007), and Dr. Biren Roy Space Science Award (2011).
  • Apart from being an ISRO chairman, he was also appointed as the Secretary of Department of Space and Chair of the Space Commission.
  • He was awarded Tamil Nadu government’s Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award in 2019.
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award (2018) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
  • He was honored with Doctor of Science by Sathyabama University, Chennai on April 2014.

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Personal life – Dr Kailasavadivoo Sivan facts

  • Sivan parents are Kailasa Vadivu and mother Chellam. He is married to Malathi Sivan. The couple has two sons Siddharth, Sushanth.

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