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TN honours "Rocket man" Sivan with Kalam Award for stellar scientific work

In recognition of his stellar work in promotion of science and technology, Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K Sivan was awarded the Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Award by the Tamil Nadu government.


Kailasavadivoo Sivan, who led ISRO's successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 mission recently, could not receive the award in person but will receive it from chief minister K Palaniswami at a later date.


The Kalam award is to honour those who work for promoting scientific growth, humanities and students' welfare and the awardees should hail from Tamil Nadu.


The award carries 8 gm gold medal, Rs five lakh in cash and a citation.


A native of Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu, the citation hailed him as "Rocket Man" and traced his humble origins to his splendid rise in career which includes a stint as director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and Liquid Propulsion Centre.

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