Prof. Rao was born on March 10, 1932, in Adamaru, Udupi district in Karnataka. He spent most of his childhood in his village.

Rao completed his higher studies in Bachelor of Science (BSc) from Madras University in 1952. He completed his Masters in Science (MSc) from Banaras Hindu University in 1954.

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Under the guidance of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai (father of India’s space program), Rao began his career as a cosmic-ray physicist.

Prof. Rao went to the US to pursue his talents as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas and Faculty Member at MIT.

In 1966, Professor Rao returned to India and began with an extensive high-energy astronomy program at India’s institution for space science, Physical Research Laboratory, before launching his satellite program in 1972.

Prof. Rao carried to move forward his nation’s space program to stratospheric heights as India’s Space Research Organization (ISRO) chairman from 1984 to 1994.

He published around 350 scientific and technical papers that covered interplanetary physics, satellite and rocket technology, high-energy astronomy, cosmic rays and authored many books.

Scientist Rao is the only Indian to date that has been registered into the Satellite Hall of Fame at Washington, in 2013 and the International Astronautics Federation (IAF) in Mexico on May 15, 2016.

Books Authored: U. R. Rao, "Space and Agenda 21 - Caring for Planet Earth", Prism Books Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore (1995).

Udupi Ramachandra Rao died on July 24, 2017 at Indiranagar, Bengaluru.