Ayyagari Sambasiva Rao
Born20 September 1914
Died31 October 2003
Alma materBanaras Hindu University, Uttar Pradesh, Stanford University
AwardsPadma Bhushan Award

Ayyagari Sambasiva Rao (popularly known as A. S. Rao) (1914–2003) was an Indian scientist and founder of Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

He completed his M.Sc in physics from Banaras Hindu University and then Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.


Awards and honours

Rao represented India at many international conferences on scientific development including UN conferences on peaceful uses of atomic energy. He also served on the editorial and advisory boards of many scientific journals including many international journals of repute.[2]

Recognition of his services to the nation has brought Rao many awards and honours:


A. S. Rao Nagar is a major suburb of Hyderabad named after Rao.[4] A biography titled The Man with a Vision was written on Rao by his friend D. Mohana Rao.[5]


  1. ^ History of Electronics Corporation of India Ltd
  2. ^ a b "Dr A. S. Rao (1914-2003)". Archived from the original on 30 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  4. ^ "In memory of the ECIL founder - SECN". The Hindu. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  5. ^ "A.S. Rao – scientist, teacher, entrepreneur". The Hindu. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2018.

Further reading