Yelavarthy Nayudamma Award 2014 goes to 2 women scientists

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In a historic first, The prestigious science honour 'Yelavarthy Nayudamma Award 2014' has gone to 2 women scientists; Tessy Thomas and Geeta Varadan, for outstanding contributions in the fields of missile technology and remote sensing.

The Recipients

  • Tessy Thomas is the Director of Advanced Systems Laboratory of the DRDO, Hyderabad alongwith being Project Director (Mission) of Agni V.
  • On the other hand, Geeta Varadan is the Director of the Advanced Data Processing Research Institute of ISRO.

About the Award

  • The award was established in 1986 in the memory of eminent chemical scientist and internationally renowned leather technologist Yelavarthy Nayudamma.
  • He was killed in the mid-air explosion of Air India flight 182 on its way to Delhi from Canada; the incident is popularly referred to as Kanishka bombing.
  • Recipients are chosen every year on the basis of their contributions to the development of science and technology in the country.
  • Last year, the 2013 award had gone to world renowned astrophysics scientist and cosmologist Jayant Vishnu Narlikar.

Notable Laureates

  • Sam Pitroda, Lalji Singh, Rajendra Pawar, V Shanta, VK Saraswat, T Ramasami, A Sivathanu Pillai and Nori Dattatreyudu.
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