Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Radhakrishnan has been named by the journal Nature as one of the top 10 people that mattered in science in 2014.

It is for the first time that the Nature journal has chosen an Indian working in India. Dr. K. Radhakrishnan is listed along with other people like Andrea Accomazzo, the Rosetta flight operations director, European Space Agency.

The reasons for choosing Dr. Radhakrishnan lies all into the successfully launch of Mangalyaan into Mars orbit on September 24, 2014. India is actually the first country to do this in its first attempt and also the first Asian country to reach Mars.

The Indian Space Research Organisation got over two other major milestones in year 2014. In January, the space organisation achieved notable success with the spaceflight of an Indian cryogenic engine and stage. India has been painstakingly working hard for some years to indigenously develop a cryogenic engine to improve the reliability of GSLV rockets and to take the rocket to greater heights.

The latest launch of the heaviest and tallest GSLV Mark III and the successful re-entry of the unmanned crew module were the other landmark achievements.

The other major events on ISRO's diary is the developmental flight of GSLV Mark III vehicle with a fully operational cryogenic engine in a timeline of two years. The next is the launch of Chandrayaan-2 mission configured with an Orbiter, Lander and Rover for in-situ investigation of the lunar surface in 2016-2017. ISRO has already developed and tested a lunar Rover.

Dr. K. Radhakrishnan had worked in various major capabilities before becoming Chairman. He was in Department of Ocean Development for five years from 2000-2005 and was a Founder Director of the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad.

Dr. Radhakrishnan is due to retire on December 31, 2014.

Here are the other nine people listed by Nature–
1. Andrea Accomazzo
2. Suzanne Topalian
3. Radhika Nagpal
4. Sheik Humarr Khan
5. David Spergel
6. Maryam Mirzakhani
7. Pete Frates
8. Masayo Takahashi
9. Sjors Scheres