Popular and acclaimed journal “Nature” has named K Radhakrishnan, the chairman of ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) among the top 10 people who have pioneered and mattered in science for the year 2014.
As a matter of pride, Radhakrishnan is likely to be the first Indian working within the country to be chosen by Nature. He has been named by the journal for leading the first interplanetary mission, the Mars mission named “Mangalayan”.
The journal further said that Radhakrishnan and his team must have been aware of the mistakes made by other nations and had taken lessons from the same.
It also took a note of the modest aims made by him and the team, who successfully had launched the Mars mission in September this year, making India the first country to get the mission right in a single attempt.
It is also quite a proud moment for Indians given another Indian, Radhika Nagpal, is also on the list. Nagpal is a researcher who has worked with robotics inspired by Biology to get 1,024 robots.
Others on the list of Nature include former test pilot Andrea Accomazzo, clinician Suzanne Topalian, infection disease expert Sheik Humarr Khan, astrophysicist David Spergel, and Fields Medal winner Maryam Mirzakhani.
Also included in the list are Ice-Bucket challenge pioneer Pete Frates, ophthalmologist Masayo Takahashi, RELION software developer Sjors Scheres.
All the people have contributed significantly in different fields related to science, and with two Indians on the list, the citizens certainly have something to take pride in.