Padma Shri Dr A. S. Kiran Kumar is Vikram Sarabhai Professor at the Indian Space Research Organisation, Bangalore. He is a Member of the Space Commission, Government of Bharat. From 2015 to 2018, he was the Secretary – Department of Space, Chairman – Space Commission and Chairman – Indian Space Research Organisation. Shri Kiran Kumar has M.Sc. and M.Tech Degrees. Shri Kiran Kumar has been conferred with Honoris Causa and DSc by 18 Indian academic institutions. He is a Fellow of many organisations and won awards, including the Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur – the highest civilian honour by the Government of France.