S. K. Shivakumar
S. K. Shivakumar in 2015
Born1953 (1953)
Died13 April 2019 (aged 66)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
EducationBSc, BE, MTech
Alma materMysore University
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
AwardsPadma Shri (2015)
Karnataka Rajyotsava award (2008)
Scientific career
FieldsSpace Communications
InstitutionsFormer director, ISAC
Former director, ISTRAC

S. K. Shivakumar (1953 – 13 April 2019) was an Indian scientist from Karnataka state who worked at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) centres. He was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015.

Early life and education

Shivakumar was born in 1953 in Mysore in Mysore State (now Karnataka), India. He earned a BSc from Mysore University followed by a BE in Electrical Communications Engineering and an MTech in Physical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He received PhD in Electronics from Kuvempu University in 2014.[1][2]


He joined the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and started his career at its ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), Sriharikota in 1976. He later worked in its Indian Space Research Organisation Satellite Centre (ISAC) from 1978 to 1998.[2] He was the project director for the development of the 32-metre (105 ft) dish antenna of the Indian Deep Space Network which is used for telemetry for the missions such as the Chandrayaan-1, India's first lunar exploration mission and Mangalyaan, India's first interplanetary mission.[1][3][4]

He was involved in several satellite missions such as Bhaskara, Indian National Satellite System (INSAT), Ariane Passenger Payload Experiment (APPLE) and Indian Remote Sensing Programme (IRS). Shivakumar was the mission director of the IRS-1B and IRS-1C satellite missions.[2] He also served as the director of the ISTRAC between September 1998 and November 2010.[1][2] Shivakumar was later the associate director of the ISAC from November 2010 to June 2012 and director of the program from July 2012 to March 2015.[1] As of 2019, he was serving as chairman of Karnataka Science and Technology Council.[5]


He died on 13 April 2019 at the age of 66 in Bangalore and was cremated at the Banashankari Crematorium.[2][5] The cause of death was reported to be post-hepatic jaundice.[2]



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