Subbiah Arunan
The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Shri S. Arunan, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 08, 2015.jpg
Arunan receiving the Padma Shri award from the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, April 2015.
Kothaiseri, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu
Known forMangalyaan Mission
AwardsPadma Shri
Scientific career
FieldsMechanical Engineering and Space research

Subbiah Arunan is an Indian scientist and Padma Shri awardee,[1] known for his role in the Mars Orbiter Mission of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).[2][3] He finished his schooling in St. Mary's Higher Secondary School, Vikramasingapuram in Tirunelveli Dist. He was born in Kothaiseri, Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu and completed his Mechanical engineering from Coimbatore Institute of Technology. In 1984, he started his career in Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.[4] He is the project director of Mars Orbiter Mission, informally called Mangalyaan in 2013.[5] He is married to Geetha Arunan, the daughter of fellow ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan.[6]


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  2. ^ "Isro gears up to launch India's first mission to Mars on November 5". The Times of India. 6 November 2013. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  3. ^ India's Mars mission: The ISRO dreamers who made it possible
  4. ^ "Mangalyaan planning director from Nellai". Dinamalar. 7 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  5. ^ "ISRO scientists who made Mangalyaan possible: All you need to know about them".
  6. ^ Ram, Arun. "S Arunan: Man behind ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission". The Economic Times. Retrieved 9 July 2022.