Koppillil Radhakrishnan was born on August 29, 1949. He is an Indian space scientist. Between 2007-2009 he was the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and Director of National Remote Sensing Agency of the Department of Space, 2005-2008.
He headed the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) between November 2009 and December 2014 as Chairman of Space Commission, Secretary of the Department of Space and Chairman of ISRO.
Presently, he is the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the IIT Council besides being Honorary Distinguished Advisor in the Department of Space/ISRO.