From Humble Beginnings To Defying The Odds: ISRO Chief S Somanath's Remarkable Journey To Success

From Humble Beginnings To Defying The Odds: ISRO Chief S Somanath's Remarkable Journey To Success

Becoming a scientist at ISRO has got to have its own challenges and inspiring stories. Every person on top has a humble story. Read the ISRO Chief’s story here.

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Who is ISRO’s chief? 

ISRO Chief S Somanath
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S Somanath, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), is a well-known scientist and a notable figure in the field of science and technology in India. 

The man behind multiple space missions and who guided the country to the moon’s surface is poised to unveil his book next month. 

What did his autobiography reveal? 

The autobiography, titled ‘Nilavu Kudicha Simhangal,’ is written in Malayalam and promises to be a motivational story as he describes his humble journey, beginning with how a young child with no money for dormitory fees or bus fare went on to represent the country on a worldwide scale. 

According to media reports, the autobiography details his life, including how the ISRO chief used to ride an old bicycle to college. It also offers information about S Somanath’s financial difficulties at the time. 

Where did he stay while at college?

Due to financial constraints, the ISRO chief used to reside in a small and basic lodge. The distinguished scientist recalls being compelled to live in a small room in Kerala’s Kollam region since he didn’t have enough money to pay his hostel fees while attending TKM Engineering College.

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Aside from that, he was forced to ride an old bicycle to college because he couldn’t afford the bus fee. Not only that, but the scientist had to forego important study travels due to his family’s financial situation. 

When did he start seeing success? 

Aside from giving details about his early challenges, S Somanath also revealed how, like many of us, he was perplexed when it came to making a professional decision. 

S Somanath, a teenager from an ordinary hamlet who was undecided whether to pursue engineering or BSc, managed to stay on track and make decisions that led him to his current position. 

How is it going for him now?


According to media sources, the ISRO chairman hopes to motivate individuals to pursue their aspirations while also overcoming adversity in their lives. The autobiography will be issued in November and is currently being published by the Kerala-based Lipi Publications. 

Aside from his personal life, the book digs into the technical parts of his career at ISRO, covering the story of PSLV, GSLV Mark III, and, most notably, Chandrayaan-3.

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