Dr.Ramanujam Varatharaja Perumal (A Kamma, Native of Tuticorin District - Tamilnadu) was a well known aeronautical scientist of India. For 36 years he worked with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in design, development of launch vehicle hardware, project management, launch operations including two years as Director of Liquid Propulsion Systems Center. He did his M.E in Aircraft Structures (1965-67) from the Indian Institute of Science, Department of Aeronautics - Bangalore. R V Perumal He was a Director at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He was responsible for the flight integration and launch operations of the first three PSLV flights. From 1996 to 2001, he was Project Director of the Geo-Synchronous Launch Vehicle Programme (GSLV) Trivandrum. Perumal was a pioneer in the development and assembly of the Geo-Synchronous LaunchVehicle. .From May 2001 he has been the Associate Director (Projects), Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre,
He was awarded Padma Bhushan by Government of India in 2002.