Laxman Singh Rathore is an Indian scientist, former Director General of India Meteorological Department, New Delhi. and permanent representative of India with World Meteorological Organization, United Nations.
He obtained his secondary and senior secondary school education from Chopasani School, Jodhpur and bachelor's degree from Bhupal Nobles College, Udaipur. Dr Rathore completed his Masters and doctoral degrees in Agriculture (Soil Science) from Rajasthan College of Agriculture, Udaipur.
Rathore has joined India Meteorological Department in the year 1980 as Meteorologist. He is an agrometeorologist and played a leading role in setting up the weather based agricultural advisory service in India. He served as Vice President of Commission of agriculture Meteorology, World Meteorological Organization, United Nations. He is acclaimed weather forecaster. He has communicated all happenings about Cyclone Phailin and Cyclone Hudhud to media saving lives and properties. He retired from the service in the end of July 2016. He is Member of the executive council of WMO, Chairman of SAARC Meteorological Research Centre. He participated in Indian Scientific expedition to Antarctica in 1983-84. Dr Rathore served as President of Indian Meteorological Society and also President of Association of Agrometeorologists.
Currently, Dr Rathore is Chair of Intergovernmental Board of Climate Services, United Nations. Member, Advisory committee of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
Considering his vast experience in weather & climate prediction, early warning of extreme weather events, The World Bank has appointed Dr Rathore as consultant to assist the bank in improving weather & climate services in south Asia.
Dr Rathore is National Vice President of Vivyan Bharti and President of Vivyan Bharti, Rajasthan.
He is also serving on a number of committees of Government of India.