Dr. Kamal Ranadive used Google to commend Doodle on her 104th birthday for cancer and leprosy research


Dr. Kamal Ranadive, known for her cancer research, has her birthday on November 8th, and on this occasion Google is celebrating the Indian cell biologist with a doodle. Ranadive was a founding member of the Indian Women Scientists’ Association and is known for its commitment to creating a fairer society through science and education. The Google Doodle has reached target groups in India, the USA, Canada, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Iceland and other regions. This latest Google Doodle from Dr. Kamal Ranadive was created by the Indian artist Ibrahim Rayintakath.

When creating the Dr. Kamal Ranadive Google Doodle reveals to Rayintakath in a Google blog post that he was inspired by the laboratory aesthetics of the late 20th century and the microscopic world of cells associated with leprosy and cancer. Through this doodle, the artist hopes that people will be curious to find out more about Dr. Kamal Ranadive and their contributions to biology. She was born on this day in 1917 in Pune and her maiden name is Kamal Samarath. She died in 2001.

Dr. Kamal Ranadive studied medicine at the suggestion of her father and later devoted her life to biology. Ranadive received his PhD in cytology, the study of cells, in 1949 while working as a researcher at the Indian Cancer Research Center (ICRC). She later pursued her scholarship at John Hopkins University in Baltimore and returned to Mumbai to open India’s first tissue culture laboratory.

In the blog post, Google explains that Randive later became director of the ICRC and was one of the first researchers in India to suggest a link between breast cancer and heredity, and to identify the link between cancer and certain viruses. Ranadive also looked at Mycobacterium leprae, the bacterium that causes leprosy, and helped develop a vaccine. In 1973, Dr. Kamal Ranadive and eleven colleagues from the Indian Women Scientists’ Association (IWSA) to support women in scientific fields.

After her retirement, Dr. Kamal Ranadive in rural communities in Maharashtra where she trained women to be health workers and provided health and nutrition education. IWSA now has 11 chapters in India and offers scholarships and childcare options for women in academia.

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Tasneem Akolawala is Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise spans smartphones, wearables, apps, social media and the entire tech industry. She reports from Mumbai and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecommunications sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and hints, tips and press releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More What I love, hate and fear about NFTs


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