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Google Doodle celebrates Indian cell biologist Dr Kamal Ranadive’s 104th birth anniversary

Google Doodle celebrates the birth anniversary of Kamal Ranadive, an Indian cell biologist. She is best known for her groundbreaking cancer research and devotion to creating a more equitable society through science and education.

 

Google celebrated the 104th birthday of Dr Kamal Ranadive with a special doodle on November 8. Dr Ranadive, an Indian cell biologist, is best known for her groundbreaking cancer research and devotion to creating a more equitable society through science and education.

Today’s doodle has been illustrated by India-based guest artist Ibrahim Rayintakath.

Kamal Samarth, better known as Kamal Ranadive, was born on November 8, 1917, in Pune. Her father’s encouragement to pursue a medical education inspired Ranadive to excel academically, but she found her calling in biology instead. In 1949, she received a doctorate in cytology, the study of cells, while working as a researcher in the Indian Cancer Research Center (ICRC). After a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, she returned to Mumbai (then Bombay) and the ICRC, where she established the country’s first tissue culture laboratory.

“As the director of the ICRC and a pioneer in animal modelling of cancer development, Ranadive was among the first researchers in India to propose a link between breast cancer and heredity and to identify the links among cancers and certain viruses. Continuing this trailblazing work, Ranadive studied Mycobacterium leprae, the bacterium that causes leprosy, and aided in developing a vaccine. In 1973, Dr Ranadive and 11 colleagues founded the Indian Women Scientists’ Association (IWSA) to support women in scientific fields,” Google Doodle page says.

Ranadive fervently encouraged students and Indian scholars abroad to return to India and put their knowledge to work for their communities.

Ranadive retired in 1989. After her retirement, Dr Ranadive worked in rural communities in Maharashtra, training women as healthcare workers and providing health and nutrition education.

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Ranadive fervently encouraged students and Indian scholars abroad to return to India and put their knowledge to work for their communities. After retiring in 1989, Dr Ranadive worked in rural communities in Maharashtra, training women as healthcare workers and providing health and nutrition education.

Dr Ranadive’s dedication to health justice and education remains influential to her students who work as scientists today.

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