R.N Agarval (Padma Bhushan)

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Ram Narain Agarwal is a noted aerospace engineer of India. He has significantly contributed towards the Agni series of surface-to-surface missiles. He was born to a family of traders in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Agarwal has worked as Program Director (AGNI) and as Director Advanced Systems Laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Education and qualifications: Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree in Engineering, from Aero-Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore, Fellow Membership in the Indian National Academy of Engineering and Aeronautical Society of India. Awards: Padma Shri-1990, Padma Bhushan-2000, Dr. Biren Roy Space Science Award (1990) from Aero Society of India, Scientist of the Year Award (1993), DRDO Technology Leadership Award (1998), Chandrasekhar Saraswati National Eminence Award for Science (2000), Life Time Achievement Award (2004).

Prof Arun Tiwari (Padma Sri)

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Arun Kumar Tiwari (born 10 February 1955) is an Indian missile scientist, author, and professor. He has written several books and co-authored 5 books with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, including Wings of Fire, the autobiography of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former president of India. Published in 1999, Wings of Fire has become a modern classic with over 30 reprints selling over a million copies and was translated into 18 languages.

Born in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, after completing his masters in mechanical engineering from GB Pant University for Agriculture & Technology, Tiwari joined Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) in 1982 as a missile scientist. He spent the next 15 years involved in India’s military missile development efforts. He developed India’s first Titanium air bottle used in ‘Trishul’ and ‘Akash’ missiles and designed Airframes for both the missiles.

In 1992 Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam appointed Tiwari as the Program Director to develop civilian spin-offs of Defence Technologies. Arun Tiwari developed India’s first Coronary Stent with Cardiologist Dr. B Soma Raju well known as Kalam-Raju Stent. This led to the creation of Care Foundation and later the Care Hospitals, Hyderabad. Tiwari was awarded the Defence Technology Spin-Off Award in 1998 for his role in developing the stent.

He is also credited for structuring and setting up the Pan-African e-Network Project which is India’s first satellite-based telemedicine system. He set up the first link of the project and established Pan-Africa e-Network of Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL) that now connects Universities and Hospitals across the African continents with their Indian counterparts.

From 2002 to 2007, Tiwari was a member of the advisory team to President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

Currently, he is the Secretary of Care Foundation and the Platinum Jubilee Mentor of CSIR – IICT.

Arun Tiwari currently teaches at School of Management Sciences, University of Hyderabad, as an adjunct professor.

Dr.Kakarla Subbarao (Padma Sri)

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Dr Kakarla Subba Rao was born on 25 January 1925 in a middle-class agricultural family at Pedamuttevi, a small village in Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh, India. He was a bone radiologist and former Director of Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad And was also the Chairman at Padmawati women medical college. He was also honourable radiologist at osmania medical college. EDUCATION HE HAD DONE HIS MBBS FROM ANDHRA MEDICAL COLLEGE. And done his Residency From USA And came to India and worked as an honourable radiologist at Osmania medical college and again went back to USA to complete his fellowship.

Dr. Rao was the founder president of Telugu Association of North America (TANA), an umbrella organisation for Telugu speaking people in the United States.

Dr. Rao joined Nizam Orthopedic Hospital and did much to improve it. On the call of late Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, he implemented new structure to the Nizam Orthopedic Hospital and converted to into a premier medical institution in the country now called Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences.  Today, NIMS is prestigious medical institute of excellence in patient service, education, training and research.

The Government of India honoured Rao with the Padma Shri on 26 January 2000, in recognition of his valuable contributions in the field of medicine.

Dr. Prahlada (Padma Sri)

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Prahlada is an Indian missile scientist, former vice chancellor of Defence Institute of Advanced Technology and a former director of Defence Research and Development Laboratory, the largest of the Defence Research and Development Organization laboratories in India, known for his contributions to Indian space programme. He was honoured by the Government of India in 2015 with Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award.