Apr 18 2017
While young,Thomas Kodenkanth(1990/PhdCY)an IIT Madras alumniI enjoyed sketching people around him. At school, he was notorious for making cartoons of the teachers. One of them even hoped that he would end up as a cartoonist.
Well, he has been a cartoonist since I am 16 & over 500 have appeared in print. As a freelance cartoonist, he now serves India-New England, Patram, Sangamam & Kairali (USA)and Malayalam News (UAE).
Interestingly, he is also a scientist involved in advancing materials & process for enabling energy technologies. He earned Ph.D. from IIT-M. He is been honoured with Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras. He won fellowships of UNESCO & Imperial College. He is relentless in his pursuit of excellence in R&D and he beleives cartooning keeps him creative. He has authored ~75 R&D papers & 12 patents.
Kerala Center (NY) honored him for "Extraordinary combination of talents as an Outstanding Scientist & Gifted Cartoonist". He is a founding member of Kerala Cartoonist Academy and recently elected to the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.