Leaders condole death of ISRO’s renowned space scientist UR Rao

A file picture of Prof. U. R. Rao.   | Photo Credit: The Hindu Archives

Former ISRO Chairman Udipi Ramachandra Rao passed away on Monday morning. The celebrated space scientist was the fourth Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) during its critical formative years between 1984 and 1994.

Various leaders expressed their condolences to the man who had made great contributions to the development of space technology and its extensive application to communications and remote sensing of natural resources. Here are a few of their tweets.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that U.R. Rao’s contribution to the India’s space programme will never be forgotten.

“Saddened by demise of renowned scientist, Professor UR Rao. His remarkable contribution to India's space programme will never be forgotten.” he tweeted.


Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s official twitter handle: “From the launch of Aryabhatta to the MOM [Mars Orbiter Mission], Prof. UR Rao's contributions have taken @isro to unparalleled heights. Very sad to learn of his demise”

BJP national president Amit Shah: “My deepest condolences on the sad demise of Professor UR Rao. His contribution to India's space research programme was remarkable.”


Home Minister Rajnath Singh: “Professor UR Rao led India's space research programme to unprecedented heights. His contribution was remarkable. I'm saddened by his demise.”

Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan: “Professor UR Rao was one of the pioneers who made immense contributions to the Indian Space Program. Sad to learn he passed away today.”


Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan: “Saddened by the news of death of former @isro Chairman & architect of India's space technology Prof. U.R. Rao. My prayers are with the family.”

Vice presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu: “Saddened by the demise of internationally acclaimed space scientist Dr. U R Rao. My heartfelt condolences to his family. RIP.”

Union Minister of State, Commerce & Industry Nirmala Sitharaman: “Dr. UR Rao, former Chairman @isro, 1st Indian in the Satellite Hall of Fame and in International Astranautics Federation, is no more. Condolences.”

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda: “Heard about Sad Demise of Prof. U.R. Rao. A space scientist and former chairman of the #ISRO . Unbearable loss to science world #RIPURRAO”

Official twitter handle of CM of Karnataka: “Deeply saddened to hear about Padma Vibhushan Prof. UR Rao's demise. My condolences to his family and friends.” It added, “India will be long grateful for his contributions in building our space programme @isro & the scientific community have lost a tall leader today.”

Minister of Chemicals and Fertiliser Ananth Kumar: “My deepest condolences on demise of a great space scientist, scholar inducted into IAF Hall of fame & a proud son of Karnataka Prof. #urrao”

Manipur Governor Najma Heptullah: “Saddened by the demise of Eminent scientist Prof. #URRao. He'll be remembered for his immense contribution to India's #Space Programme.”

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