V. Adimurthy
Born5 May 1946 (1946-05-05) (age 78)
Alma materIndian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Known forChandrayaan I, Chandrayaan-2, Mangalyaan, Indian space program
SpouseSandhyamurthy Vipparthi
Scientific career
FieldsAerospace Engineering
Hypersonic flows
InstitutionsIndian Space Research Organisation
Mission Concept Designer
Chandrayaan I, Chandrayaan-2 and Mangalyaan[1][2]

Vipparthi Adimurthy (born 5 May 1946) is the ISRO Honorary Distinguished Professor, VSSC.[3] He was the former Satish Dhawan Professor and Dean of Research at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST).[4] Prior to joining IIST, Adimurthy held the post of associate director at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, a major facility center of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).[5] He is known for his contributions to the rocket technology and space dynamics.[6] He is a recipient of Padma Shri from the Government of India.[7] Murthy is the Mission Concept Designer, for India's Mars Orbiter Mission.[2]


Adimurthy was born in Rajahmundry, a district in Andhra Pradesh, India.[5] After receiving his PhD in rarefied hypersonic flows from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 1973, he joined the Indian Space Research Organisation. He was posted at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram as a scientist and eventually became an associate director of VSSC.[6] Upon his retirement from VSSC in 2010, he was appointed as the Satish Dhawan Professor at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology where he held the post of Dean, Research & Development. Currently, he is the ISRO Honorary Distinguished Professor, VSSC.

Honors and awards

A Fellow of the Aeronautical Society of India, Adimurthy received the 1997 Astronomical Society of India Award for his contributions to rocket technology. He is also a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and was a visiting scientist at the University of Stuttgart, Germany during 1979-80 and 1999–2000.[6] He has served as the Chairman of the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC) during 2002–2003.[5] In 2012, Adimurthy received the Padma Shri from Government of India for his contributions to space dynamics.[7][8] In 2013, he earned the International Achievement Award Laurel for Team Achievement for his work with Chandrayaan-1, the first Indian lunar probe.[9]


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  2. ^ a b "State Stamp Mission". Archived from the original on 8 November 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Indian Institute of Science".
  4. ^ "ISRO to implement regional navigation satellite system". The Hindu. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "Laurels after a unique Sabarimala pilgrimage". News18. 26 January 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "Dr V. Adimurthy". International Astronautical Federation. Retrieved 30 January 2012.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b "Adimurthy: Cycling through space". The Times of India. 25 January 2012. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Space India Jan-jun 2012". www.dos.gov.in. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Chief Guest of Nationsal Science Day & 12th Research Scholar Day | Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar". www.iitbbs.ac.in. Retrieved 3 June 2022.