N. Valarmathi (1959-2023) was an Indian scientist and project director of RISAT-1, India’s first indigenously developed radar imaging satellite.
Valarmathi was born on Friday, 31 July 1959 (age 64 years; at the time of death) in Ariyalur, Tamil Nadu. Her zodiac sign is Leo. She attended Nirmala Girls Higher Secondary School. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Government College of Technology, Coimbatore. After this, she did her Master’s degree in Electronics and Communications from Anna University. Deccan Herald
Hair Colour: Black
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Parents & Siblings
The name of her parents is not known.
Husband & Children
Her husband’s name is Vasudevan, Assistant General Manager, Vijaya Bank, head office, Bangalore. She has two children – a son and a daughter.
In 1984, Valarmathi started working at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Bangalore and played an important role in several missions such as Insat 2A, IRS IC, IRS ID, and TES. She was promoted to the post of project director for RISAT-1, India’s first indigenous radar imaging satellite, which had a successful launch in 2012. She was a part of numerous launch countdowns at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. Her last mission, before her death, was the 2023 Chandrayaan 3, which was India’s third lunar mission.
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award (2015)
- In 2015, she became the first person to receive the Abdul Kalam Award from the government of Tamil Nadu in honor of the late President Abdul Kamal. This was presented to her for her contributions during the successful launch of the Radar Imaging Satellite RISAT-1 in 2012. At the 2016 Independence Day event at Fort St. George, Ms. Valarmathi received a certificate, Rs. 5 lakh, and an eight-gram gold coin. Ms. Jayalalithaa announced the award in honor of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The Hindu
- Valarmathi is the second woman to become the satellite project director at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) where she headed a prestigious project ‘PSLV-C19-RISAT-1 Mission’ in 2012. She also became the first woman to head a remote-sensing satellite project.
- After the launch of Chandrayaan 3, she went on leave. Later, she passed away on the same day Aditya L-1 was launched.