Bengaluru: Senior space scientist Dr P V Radhadevi scripted history at Prague on Saturday when she was awarded the Eduard Dolezal Award 2016.
She received the award during during the 23rd International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Congress held at Prague, the capital city of Czech Republic.
As reported by Mathrubhumi earlier, she became the eighth scientist globally to receive the award since its inception in 1996.
She also became the first Indian woman space scientist to win this award. Interestingly, only former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman Dr U R Rao is the sole Indian recipient of this coveted honour in 2000.
Speaking to Mathrubhumi over phone, her husband Dr T P Sasikumar, renowned space scientist and motivational speaker, said the award has been dedicated to young minds in India.
“Radha hopes that the recognition inspires more women scientists to undertake challenging missions in science and space. She has been getting congratulatory messages across the globe in the last few days,” says Dr Sasikumar, who is also in Prague now.
According to him, Dr Radhadevi, who hails from Irinjalakuda in Kerala, received the award from Norbert Pfeiffer, President, Austrian Society of Surveying and Geo- Information and Lena Helounova, Congress Director, ISPRS 2016.
Dr Radhadevi is a senior scientist working with Hyderabad-based Advanced Data Processing Research Institute (ADRIN), under Department of Space. She has been chosen for the award for her contribution in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.