' Woman Power " behind Indian missile launch

' Woman Power " behind Indian missile launch

New Delhi : India | Apr 24, 2012 at 3:18 AM PDT
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St. Joseph's College, Irinjalakuda_DR. TESSY THOMAS (Part 002)

While India was celebrating the launch of Agni-V, Tessy Thomas smiled quietly and contentedly.The country's top ballistic missile expert.

Meet Tessy Thomas,48, a scientist from India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO),who has played a crucial role in developing the technology for Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles to India and helped in making the launch of Agni-V a grand success.

In the male-dominated world of nuclear sciences she made her name to be one of the very few women working on strategic nuclear ballistic missiles in the world.

She grew up near a rocket launching station and says her fascination with rockets and missiles began then.

Dr Tessy Thomas joined DRDO more than 20 years back, soon after she graduated from Thrissur Engineering College in Kerala.

Here, she met Mr APJ Abdul Kalam, also known as the father of India’s missile programme, who took her under his wings and assigned her to the Agni missile project.

Thomas loves to say that she is as much a homemaker as she is a scientist.

But how does the 48-year-old mother manage work and home? Her son Tejas very proudly answers that, “I feel she has managed it really well. Whenever work needed her she was there, whenever I needed her she was there.”

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Tessy Thomas
Tessy Thomas (C) the Key Scientist for Agni-V in Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the first woman scientist to head a missile project in India.
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