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educator , aerospace scientist

Roddam Narasimha, Indian aerospace scientist, educator. Achievements include numerous scientific contributions to fluid mechanics, especially transition and relaminarisation, and key role in Indian aircraft development projects.


Narasimha, Roddam was born on July 20, 1933 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Son of R. L. Narasimhaiya and R. N. Leela Devi.


Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, University Mysore, Bangalore, 1953. Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1955. Associate, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1957.

Doctor of Philosophy in Aeronautical and Physics, California Institute of Technology, 1961.


Research teaching assistant Caltech, 1957—1961. Sherman Fairchild scholar California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 1982-1983. Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar Caltech., 1986.

Junior fellow Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, 1955—1957, assistant professor, 1962—1967, associate professor, 1967—1970, professor, 1970—1993, Indian National Science Academy Golden Jubilee Research professor, 1990-1994, dean engineering, 1980-1982, chairman aerospace engineering, 1983-1984. Convenor Indian Institute of Science (Center Atmospheric Sciences), India, 1982—1989. Chief project coordinator Hindustan aeronautics Ltd., 1977-1979.

Director National Aerospace Laboratories, 1984-1993. Indian Space Research Organization Distinguished professor Jawahrlal Nehru Center Advanced Science research, 1995—2000. Director National Institute Advisory Studies, India, 1997—2004.

J. Nehru professor Cambridge University, England, 1989-1990. Chairman Jawaharlal Nehru Center Advanced Science Research (Engineering Mechanical Unit), Bangalore, India. Professor, chairman Jawaharlal Nehru Center Advanced Science Research ( Fluid Dynamics Unit), India, since 1989.

Research fellow Caltech, 1961-1962, consultant E. H. Plesset Associate Inc.,Los Angeles, National Aeronautical Laboratory Bangalore 1969-1971, Space Science and Technology Center Trivandrum, 1969, Institute Computer Applications in Science & Engineering 1990, 1993, various design review boards Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, Indian Space Research Organization, Aeronautical Development Agency, Bangalore, visiting senior research fellow Caltech, 1963, 64 & 66, visiting scientist University Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, senior visiting fellow, University Strathclyde, Glasgow 1971-1972, Leverhulme fellow University Adelaide, Australi 1975, member science advisory council to Prime Minister, India, 1984-1989. Indian National Committee Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (chairman 1982-1985, member 1985-1988), Clark B Milkman visiting professor Caltech, since 1985, member governing body Aeronautical Development Agency, New Delhi, 1984-1993. Member General Assembly International Union Theoretical and Applied mechanics, Paris, since 1984.

Member Space Commission, Government of India, since 1989. Chairman, Experts Grp. on failure of ASLV, Indian Space Research Organisation, 1988-1989, Indian National Science Academy Golden Jubilee professor 1990-1994, member Asian Fluid Mechanics Committee,(chairman since 1992), since 1984. Board directors Hindustan aeronautics Ltd., Bangalore, honorary professor Department Aerospace Engineering and Centre Atmospheric Sciences, 1993-1998, co-Chairman, joint steering committee Megha Tropiques, since 1999, Indian National Committee IGBP (chairman 1997-2000, member since 2000).


  • Achievements include numerous scientific contributions to fluid mechanics, especially transition and relaminarisation, and key role in Indian aircraft development projects.


  • Other Work

    • Council member Karnataka State Council of Scientific & Technology, Bangalore, since 1983. Mem. Editorial board working committee Current Science, Experiment Fluids, Fluid Dynamics Research, Journal Aerospace Engineering chairman, editorial board, Sadhana (Process Engineering Science), Indian Academy of Sciences 1978-1991, consulting editor since 1996.


Member, Aeronautics Research and Development Board, Government India, 1978-1993, Executive Delaware for India, Commonwealth Advisory Aeronautical Research Coun, 1983-1993, Member Society and Governing Body, Aeronautical Development Agency, 1984-1993, Member, Joint Council Integrated Long Term Progressive Co-operation in Science.Tech. between India and the Russian Federation, 1986-1995, Member, Science Advisory Council Prime Minister, 1986-1989, Member, Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council, 1987-1997, member, Space Commission, 1989 -, Member, Science and Engineering.Rsch. Council, Department of Science & Technology, 1991-1997, Chairman, National Steering Committee Rajiv Gandhi National Institute Computer and Allied Sciences, 1995, member,Defense Research and Development Council, 1995, member, Technology Development Board, 1995, Chairman, Research Council, Indian National.Sci. Documentation Center, 1995-1997, Chairman, Engineering Sciences Research Committee Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, 1995-1998, Chairman, Prog.Adv.

Committee Atmospheric Sciences,Dept.Sci.& Technology,1995-1997, member Council Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, 1995-2000, Science.Adv. Committee Cabinet, 1997-1999, Indian National Commission Hist.Sci., since 1997, member, Grp. Telecommunications, 1998-1999, mem.Nat.

Security Advisory Board, 1998-2000, Fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Indian Academy of Sciences (president 1992-1994), Indian National Science Academy, Aeronautical Society India, Indian National Academy of Engineering, Third World Academy of Sciences, Royal Society (London). Member National Academy of Engineering, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research( secretary member 1979-1985, vice president 1986-1991, chairman advisory board since 1999) Fellow, Indian Astronautical Society, Indian Geophysical Union, Indian Meteorological Society., member General Assembly International Union Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics Symmposia Panel., Bureau International Union Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, since 2000.


Married Neelima R. Narasimha. Children: Maithreyi, Aditi.

R. L. Narasimhaiya

R. N. Leela Devi

Neelima R. Narasimha

Maithreyi Narasimha

Aditi Narasimha