Carl S Engelbrecht, the man who fabricated, designed and tested New Horizons’ propulsion system was born in Kodaikanal. He spent his early years at Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu and speaks Tamil. He said he can also read and write Tamil.
To prove that he was still very Tamilian at heart, he greeted this correspondent in Tamil when he met him at the science building of John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) on Friday. “I spent15 years in Tamil Nadu and studied at the Kodaikanal International School,” Carl, who came to the US in 1977 and joined APL in 2002, told
His links with India, Tamil Nadu in particular, does not stop there. His daughter Gillian Engelbrecht teaches at the Holy Cross High School at Vellore in Tamil Nadu.