N. Valarmathi

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N. Valarmathi
Alma materGovernment College of Technology, Coimbatore
Spouse(s)G. Vasudevan
AwardsDr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award (2015)
Scientific career
InstitutionsIndian Space Research Organisation

N. Valarmathi (Tamil: ந‌. வளர்மதி) is an Indian scientist and project director of RISAT-1, India's first indigenously-developed Radar Imaging Satellite. She is the first person to receive Abdul Kalam Award, instituted by Government of Tamil Nadu in honour of the former president Abdul Kalam in 2015.[1]

Early life[edit]

She was born in Ariyalur, Tamil Nadu and went to the Nirmala Girls Higher Secondary School. She graduated her Bachelor of engineering from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore and Masters in Electronics and Communications from Anna University.[2][3]


She has been working with the ISRO since 1984 and involved in any missions including Insat 2A, IRS IC, IRS ID, TES.[4] She became project director of India's first indigenously-developed Radar Imaging Satellite RISAT-1, which was launched successfully on 2012.[5] She is the second woman scientist of Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) to head a prestigious project after Anuradha TK , project director of the GSAT-12 mission in 2011.


  1. ^ "ISRO Expert Valarmathi 1st Recipient of Kalam Award". New Indian Express. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Proud moment for woman scientist". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  3. ^ "'Daughter of soil' makes Ariyalur proud". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Meet: The woman behind Risat-1". India Times. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Kalam award for ISRO scientist". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 August 2015.