Meet the 1st Missile woman of India- Tessy Thomas

She could have been an IAS officer; she even wrote the exam. But an interview with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) happened. She got through and was asked to join immediately.

Today, she is hailed as the ‘Missile Woman of India’ and ‘Agniputri ‘(one born of fire) after the deadly projectiles she has helped develop.

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‘missile woman’ of India, Tessy Thomas is a scientist at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). She served as the Project Director for the Agni IV and V missiles, making her the first woman to lead missile teams in India. These are intercontinental ballistic missiles that have very high ranges and are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.


Dr. Thomas has received several prestigious awards for her work, including the ‘DRDO Scientist of the Year’, in 2008,

DRDO Performance Excellence Award for 2011 and 2012,

India Today Women of the Year award in 2009,

Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration in 2012,

CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in 2012, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya Award in 2016,

and Outstanding Woman Achiever Award by Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).

Tessy was appointed as the Project Director for 5,000 km range Agni-V in 2009. The missile was successfully tested on 19 April, 2012.She is often referred to as ‘Agniputri’ or one born of fire, after the missiles she has helped develop.
She married Saroj Kumar, who is now a commander in the Indian Navy. They have a son Tejas.

Once upon a time

Introducing and praising Tessy Thomas, NITI Aayog had tweeted, “Meet Tessy Thomas, our #GES2017 speaker also known as the ‘Missile Woman’ of India. She is the first woman scientist to head a missile project in India.” After the tweet went viral, Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra said that Tessy deserves to be more famous than the biggest Bollywood star.

Anand Mahindra says, “A poster of Tessy in every Indian school will wreck stereotypes and create enormous career aspirations for girls.” Moreover, Anand Mahindra asked Twitter users to retweet to make ‘Missile Woman of India’ Tessy Thomas a star. Mahindra urged Twitter users, “Maybe you can download this pic, turn it into a poster. Give it to the nearest school.”

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    • August 22, 2018 at 11:37 PM

      Thanks Tikeshwar for your rply


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