Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Ex-Chairman A.S Kiran Kumar was awarded France’s highest civilian honor ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Legion d’Honneur’ (or National Order of the Legion of Honour) by France’s Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler on behalf of French President.
A.S Kiran Kumar was awarded for his invaluable contribution in fostering historic and ambitious space cooperation between India and France.
A.S Kiran Kumar in his entire tenure in ISRO office worked towards the development of India-France ambitious space cooperation. He significantly made a direct contribution to making space cooperation of the people and also one of the cornerstones of Indo-French strategic partnership.
A.S Kiran Kumar served as 9th Chairman ISRO’s from 2015 to 2018. He was succeeded by incumbent K Sivan (former Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center and Liquid Propulsion center).
A.S Kiran Kumar currently serving as the chairman of ISRO Committee on Earth Observation Satellites.
It was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte and retained by all later French governments and regimes.
It is the highest civilian award conferred by France for outstanding service to the nation, irrespective of recipient’s nationality.
The President of the French Republic is Grand Master of the l’Ordre national de la Legion d’Honneur.
It is also the highest French order of merit conferred for military and civil merits. The order is divided into five degrees. The Order in increasing distinction are namely, Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand-Croix (Grand Cross).