Aluru Seelin Kiran Kumar
Born (1952-10-22) 22 October 1952 (age 70)
Alma materBangalore University, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Known for9th chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation
AwardsPadma Shri
Scientific career
FieldsSpace research and Electro-optics
InstitutionsSpace Applications Centre
A. S. Kiran Kumar
Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation
In office
14 January 2015 – 14 January 2018
Preceded byShailesh Nayak
Succeeded byK. Sivan

Aluru Seelin Kiran Kumar (born 22 Oct 1952) is an Indian space scientist and former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, having assumed office on 14 January 2015.[1] He is credited with the development of key scientific instruments aboard the Chandrayaan-1 and Mangalyaan space crafts.[2][3][4][5] In 2014, he was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award, for his contributions to the fields of science and technology.[6] Kiran Kumar previously served as Director of Ahmedabad Space Applications Centre.[7]

Narayan Ramdas Iyer, Head of the Raman Science Centre and Planetarium, Nagpur discussing commucating science to students and how the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) can help in the venture with A.S.Kiran Kumar, Chairman ISRO.
Narayan Ramdas Iyer, Head of the Raman Science Centre and Planetarium, Nagpur discussing commucating science to students and how the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) can help in the venture with A.S.Kiran Kumar, Chairman ISRO.


Space Applications Centre lists Kiran Kumar's achievements as:[4]

  • Development of III tier imaging for satellites such as IRS-1C and Resourcesat-1
  • Development of Ocean Colour instruments for PFZ forecast
  • Development of stereo imaging system for Cartosat-1
  • Development of sub-meter resolution optical imaging for Cartosat-2
  • Development of 2-channel and 3-channel VHRR meteorological payloads
  • Development of third generation Imagers and sounders
  • Development of Terrain Mapping Camera and Hyper Spectral Imager for Chandrayaan-2
Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft - Artist's concept
Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft - Artist's concept
Mars Orbiter Mission - India - Artist's concept
Mars Orbiter Mission - India - Artist's concept

Kiran Kumar Aluru Seelin was born in a Hindu family in Hassan District in 1952,[8] in the Indian state of Karnataka. He graduated in Physics (Honours). In 1971, from the National College of Bangalore University.[3][9] This was followed by a degree of MSc in Electronics from the same university, in 1973.[8] His further studies were at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore from where he passed MTech in Physical Engineering, in 1975.[4][10][11]

Kiran Kumar started his career, joining Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad, in 1975,[9] working on Space borne Electro -optical imaging instruments.[8] He has remained at the institution ever since and is the Director of the Electro-optical Systems Group since April 2012.[5][8][10] He also served as the chairman of ISRO from Jan 2015 to Jan 2018. He has represented Indian Space Research Organization at many international forums such as the World Meteorological Organisation and Indo-US Joint Working Group on Civil Space Cooperation and holds the Chair of the ISRO at the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEO).[4][12]


Kiran Kumar's legacy spans across his contributions to the scientific world, specifically Indian space endeavors, and his efforts towards the dissemination of knowledge by way of articles and lectures.

Scientific contributions

Kiran Kumar is known to have made contributions to the Indian space programmes, from the early projects like Bhaskara TV payload till the later programmes such as Chandrayaan-1 and Mangalyaan.[2][4][5] Kumar is credited with the design and development of the electro-optical image sensors[5] used in India's first remote sensing satellite, Bhaskara, launched in 1979[9] and the subsequent one in 1981,[2] as well as the ocean colour instruments used in weather forecasting, sea zone/landscape mapping and telecommunications.[2][4][5][8]

He is also reported to have contributed to the design and development of the imaging instruments for projects such as INSAT–3D, Resourcesat, Micro Satellite and Cartosat.[9] [12] The Terrain Mapping Camera and Hyperspectral Imager payloads of Chandrayaan-1 project is also credited to the efforts of Kiran Kumar.[4][5][9] It was the group led by Kumar which developed three of the five scientific instruments

Academic contributions

Kumar has attended many seminars and conferences where he has delivered lectures and keynote addresses.[10] He has also published several articles[13][14][15] in peer reviewed international journals, ResearchGate has listed 41 of his articles.[16]

Awards and recognitions

The level of precision that is required for such a mission demanded extremely sensitive accelerometers — far superior in quality over the ones we’ve used in earlier space missions, says Dr. Kiran Kumar about India's Mars Mission[17]

See also


  1. ^ "A S Kiran Kumar takes over as Secretary, Department of Space, Chairman, Space Commission and Chairman, ISRO - ISRO". Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Canara News". Canara News. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b "INCN" (PDF). INCN. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Space Application Centre". Space Application Centre. 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "SAC Appointment". Daily Bhaskar. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Padma 2014". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 25 January 2014. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  7. ^ Biography and Achievements
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "ASI India". ASI India. 2014. Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "National Academy of Engineering". National Academy of Engineering. 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  10. ^ a b c "lectures". News Hunt. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Dharmesh". Dharmesh. 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h "News Hunt 2". News Hunt. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  13. ^ Prakash Chauhan; Prabhjot Kaur; Satadru Bhattacharya; Aditya K. Dagar; A. S. Kiran Kumar (2014). "DETECTION OF OH/H2O ON THE CENTRAL PEAK OF JACKSON CRATER FROM MOON MINERALOGICAL MAPPER (M3) DATA ONBOARD CHANDRAYAAN-1". Research Gate. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  14. ^ Suchandra Bhowmick; Raj Kumar; A. S. Kiran Kumar (2014). "Cross Calibration of the OceanSAT -2 Scatterometer With QuikSCAT Scatterometer Using Natural Terrestrial Targets". Research Gate. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  15. ^ A. S. Arya; Phani Rajasekhar Rudravaram; Amitabh Singh; Barla Gopala Krishna; Ajai Prof; kiran kumar alur Seelin (2014). "Morphometric, rheological and compositional analysis of an effusive lunar dome using high resolution remote sensing data sets: A case study from Marius hills region". Research Gate. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  16. ^ "Research Gate". Research Gate. 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  17. ^ "Mars Mission". Telegraph India. 25 September 2014. Archived from the original on 27 September 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  18. ^ "Indian Society of Remote Sensing". Indian Society of Remote Sensing. 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  19. ^ "Governing Council | Taralaya". Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  20. ^ "H. K. Firodia Awards 2017". H. K. Firodia Memorial Foundation. Archived from the original on 2 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Ex-ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar Awarded France's Highest Civilian Honour". news18. Retrieved 3 May 2019.

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Yadav (2016) Jitendra Nath Goswami (2017) Chintakindi Mallesham (2017) Amitava Roy (2018) Vikram Chandra Thakur (2018) Rajagopalan Vasudevan (2018) Manas Bihari Verma (2018) Uddhab Bharali (2019) Baldev Singh Dhillon (2019) Rohini Godbole (2019) Subhash Kak (2019) 2020s Raman Gangakhedkar (2020) Sujoy K. Guha (2020) K. S. Manilal (2020) Vashishtha Narayan Singh (2020) Thalappil Pradeep (2020) H. C. Verma (2020) Sudhir K. Jain (2020) Rattan Lal (2021) Subbanna Ayyappan (2022) Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay (2022) Aditya Prasad Dash (2022) Moti Lal Madan (2022) Anil K. Rajvanshi (2022) Ajay Kumar Sonkar (2022) Jyantkumar Maganlal Vyas (2022) Khadar Valli Dudekula (2023) Modadugu Vijay Gupta (2023) Ganesh Nagappa Krishnarajanagara (2023) Arvind Kumar (2023) Mahendra Pal (2023) Bakshi Ram (2023) Sujatha Ramdorai (2023) Abbareddy Nageswara Rao (2023) Preceded byShailesh Nayak ISRO Chairman 2015–2018 Succeeded byK. Sivan