G. Madhavan Nair, an engineer, joined the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station in 1967, where his boss was Abdul Kalam. When Kalam was made project direction of SLV-3. His next big challenge came when he was made project director for building the PSLV.
Madhavan Nair became Chariman, Indian Space Research organization in 2003, and has presided over one of the Institution's most successful periods in its history. Apart from consolidating space applications that have impacted the common man such as telemedicine and tele-education, he is credited with developing Chadrayaan, India's first moon mission.
His focus has always been to achieve self- reliance areas of high technology.