RanganathNavalgund obtained his PhD in Physics from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, and joined the Space Applications Centre (ISRO) in 1977. Since then, he has worked in ISRO till today in different capacities. His scientific contributions are in the broad area of earth observation systems, science and applications. As Director of National Remote Sensing Centre (2001–2005) and the Space Applications Centre (2005–2012), the two major centres of ISRO, he has overseen the formulation and execution of national-level RS application programmes, establishment of EO data reception systems, Decision Support Centre for disaster monitoring and mitigation, the development of electro-optical and microwave sensors for Indian earth observation and planetary science missions, communication and navigation payloads on-board Indian satellites and has interfaced with several space agencies of different countries in a leadership role. He was the president of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Technical Commission VII (2000–2004). He is a fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, an academician of the International Academy of Astronautics and a fellow of many other professional societies. He has been a recipient of many awards including the Bhaskara Award of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing and the Outstanding Achievement Award of ISRO besides many others. He is also in the editorial board of Current Science, a professional Indian journal. He is currently honorary distinguished professor at ISRO Headquarters, Bangalore.