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Ram Narain Agarwal is noted scientist and an aerospace engineer of India and is known as father of the Agni series of surface-to-surface missiles.[1]

He was born to a family of traders in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Agarwal has worked as Program Director (AGNI) and as Director Advanced Systems Laboratory and of DRDO.[2]

Education and qualifications

  • Bachelors degree
  • Masters Degree in Engineering, from Aero-Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Fellow Membership in the Indian National Academy of Engineering and Aeronautical Society of India


  • Padma Shri in the year 1990
  • Padma Bhushan in the year 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).


  1. "PM promises strict N-safeguards". Chandigarh: The Tribune. 18 May 2005. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  2. Chengappa, Raj (8 August 2005). "Charioteer Of Fire". India Today. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 

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