भूतपूर्व निदेशक

प्रो यशपाल

1973-1981 तक अंतरिक्ष उपयोग केंद्र के पहले निदेशक के रूप में अहमदाबाद में प्रो. यशपाल ने आम आदमी के हित के लिए अंतरिक्ष प्रौद्योगिकी के अनुप्रयोगों के क्षेत्र में अंतर्राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर मान्यता प्राप्त एक उत्कृष्ट संस्था के रूप में इस केंद्र निर्माण किया। उनके समग्र दिशा-निर्देश के तहत, अंतरिक्ष उपयोग केंद्र ने उपग्रह अनुदेशात्मक टेलीविजन प्रयोग (साइट) का कार्य प्रारंभ किया, जो ग्रामीण आबादी में शैक्षिक और विकास कार्यक्रमों के प्रचार-प्रसार के लिए प्रत्यक्ष टेलीविजन प्रसारण प्रौद्योगिकी की एक प्रणाली का परीक्षण उपलब्ध कराने के उद्देश्य से प्रारंभ की गई थी।

Prof. Pal has made significant contributions, over the years, in the areas of cosmic-rays, high-energy physics, astrophysics, science, education, communication and development and has published a large number of papers in national and international journals.

Prof. Pal is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Indian National Science Academy. He has been the President of the Indian Physics Association; Chairman, National Council of Science Museums; Member, Electronics Commission; Council Member of several academic and scientific organisations such as Film and Television Institute of India, Indian Institute of Mass Communication Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and the Indian Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. He is also a member of the Senior Advisory Board of the Princeton-based Space Studies Institute.

After completing his Masters degree in Physics at the Punjab University in 1949, Prof. Pal joined the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He obtained Ph.D. degree in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1958. He has been a Visiting Professor at several universities and institutions including the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, University of Maryland and California Institute of Technology.

For his contributions to science and space technology, the Government of India conferred on him the award of Padma Bhushan in 1976. In 1980 the Marconi International Fellowship Council awarded him the prestigious Marconi International Fellowship Award to recognize wise and humane leadership in applying modern communications technology to meet the needs of isolated rural villagers in India. He has also been given recognition by the Academy of Sciences of the German Democratic Republic and the University of Sofia. Prof. Pal was born in Jhang in 1926.