Scientist S Somanath Appointed New ISRO Chairman, Fourth Keralite to Hold Post

Scientist S Somanath is all set to take over as the new ISR chief, succeeding K Sivan on Friday, 15 January.

Breaking News
2 min read
Scientist S Somanath Appointed New ISRO Chairman, Fourth Keralite to Hold Post

The Quint DAILY

For impactful stories you just can’t miss

By subscribing you agree to our Privacy Policy

Scientist S Somanath is all set to take over as the new chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), succeeding Kailasavadivoo Sivan on Friday, 15 January.

Somanath, who is currently director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in the Kerala state capital, will be fourth Keralite to occupy the topmost post in the Indian space sector.

The previous Malayalees who have held the top post are K Kasturirangan, G Madhavan Nair, and K Radhakrishnan.


Who is Somanath?

Sivan was given a year's extension and his term is set to end very soon and Somanath's name was cleared for the top office way back in 2019 itself, by virtue of his seniority in the ISRO hierarchy.

Somanath completed his Pre Degree from the Maharaja's College, Ernakulam and did mechanical engineering from the TKM College of Engineering, Kollam, near here and in 1985 joined the VSSC centre here and has had no reason to look back after that.

He later did his Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore with specialisation in Dynamics and Control.

At the ISRO, he has been associated with the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Project during its initial phase.

Later he became the Associate Director (Projects) of the VSSC and also the Project Director of the GSLV Mk-III launch vehicle in 2010. He was also the Deputy Director of Propulsion and Space Ordinance Entity till November 2014. In June 2015, he took over as Director of the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) at Valiamala, Thiruvananthapuram, and served there until January 2018.

Somanath then took over as Director of VSSC from Sivan who became Chairman of the ISRO and now he is all set to succeed him in the top post too.

(This piece has been republished in arrangement with IANS and edited for language.)

(At The Quint, we are answerable only to our audience. Play an active role in shaping our journalism by becoming a member. Because the truth is worth it.)

Read and Breaking News at the Quint, browse for more from news and breaking-news

Topics:  ISRO   K Sivan   S Somanath 

Speaking truth to power requires allies like you.
Become a Member
3 months
12 months
12 months
Check Member Benefits
Read More
Stay Updated

Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.

Join over 120,000 subscribers!
More News