Talk on Scientific Leadership and Spiritual Heritage – An Unlikely Merger By Dr. K Radhakrishnan
Bangalore International Centre (A TERI Initiative) organizes Talk on Scientific Leadership and Spiritual Heritage – An Unlikely Merger
By Dr. K Radhakrishnan
Former Chairman of Space Commission,
Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman, ISRO
Chair and Moderator
Dr. Mukund Thattai
Professor of Computational Cell Biology,
National Centre for Biological Sciences
About the topic
Can leadership in scientific exploits, and that too in the frontier technology of Space, benefit from and synchronise with India’s ancient spiritual heritage? That is the unlikely subject of this talk, to be delivered by someone who has led the way in India’s modern exploits in Astronautics and Oceanography, while retaining an abiding interest in the arts of Kerala Nathanam and Kathakali dance.
The talk would highlight the confluence and influence of practicing art and imbibing spiritual heritage for value-centric personal decisions in life and for mindful leadership in frontiers of science and technology.
About Dr K Radhakrishnan
As India’s space chief (2009-2014), Dr Radhakrishnan led ‘Team ISRO’ to several historic feats in space missions, culminating in ‘Mangalayan’, India’s first planetary exploration mission to Mars. Under his leadership, a dozen Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLVs) lofted Indian and foreign satellites to space orbits and new space capabilities were established for satellite navigation, strategic communications, microwave radar imaging and tropical climate studies.
For five years (2000-05), in the Department of Ocean Development (currently Ministry of Earth Sciences), he was Founder-Director of the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), the first Project Director of the Tsunami Early Warning System, and Vice Chairman of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.
After superannuation in December 2014, Dr Radhakrishnan has been Chairman of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Engineering Science & Technology, Shibpur (West Bengal) besides being Member a few High level Committees of Government of India. He was appointed as Advisor in the Department of Space/ISRO from January 01, 2016 for a period of two years.
An excellent communicator and inspiring orator, he has been delivering Award Lectures, Key note addresses, Public lectures and held Interactive Sessions with students and professionals on facets of Space Programme and Leadership.
Hailing from the ancient town of Irinjalakuda in Kerala, a cradle of traditional classical arts and complex temple percussion ensembles, Radhakrishnan was drawn into the world of performing arts at the age of seven. He had formal training in Kerala Natanam and Kathakali dance. His musical journey commenced at the age of 26 and the pursuit in music continues.
Dr Radhakarishnan’s biographical sketch “My Odyssey: Memoirs of the Man behind the Mangalyaan Mission”, published by Penguin Random House India, has captured the life lessons and experiences in this multifaceted journey.
About Dr. Mukund Thattai
Dr. Thattai obtained a B.A. in physics from Cornell University in 1999, and a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004. Since 2004 he has been on the faculty at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, and is a member of the Simons Centre for the Study of Living Machines.
Dr. Thattai has previously made contributions in the area of synthetic biology, a field which attempts to combine genes into biological circuits. His present research interests deal with the ancient origins of complex eukaryotic cells.
Talk on Friday | 10th March 2017 | 6.30 PM
Bangalore International Centre
4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071.