Google Doodle Honors Dr. Kamal Ranadive today (8th November 2021). Find here the life story of Dr. Kamal Randive, why Google Honours her on his 104th birth.
Dr. Kamal Ranadive was an Indian biomedical researcher best known for her groundbreaking research in cancer about the links between cancers and viruses and devotion to creating a more equitable society through science and education.
Google honored her on her birthday by making a Doodle today (8th November 2021). Today’s Doodle celebrates her 104th birthday which India-based guest artist Ibrahim Rayintakath illustrates.
Who is Kamal Ranadive?
Kamal Samarth or Kamal Randive was born in Pune on 08 November 1917.
Her father Dinesh Dattatreya Samarth was a biologist who taught in the Fergusson College, Pune and her mother’s name was Shantabai Dinkar Samarth.
Kamal Ranadive’s Life Journey
Kamal was a bright student and she did her schooling at the Huzurpaga: the H.H.C.P. High School. Her father wanted her to study medicine and also marry a doctor. But she wanted some other things.
After getting a Bachelor’s degree in Science with distinction in 1934, she moved to the Agriculture College at Pune where she did her master’s degree (M.Sc.) in 1943.
She married J. T. Ranadive on 13 May 1939. Her husband was a mathematician. They had a son, named Anil Jaysingh.
In Bombay, she worked at the Tata Memorial Hospital. She continued her postgraduate studies in Cytology, the study of cells while working as a researcher in the Indian Cancer Research Center (ICRC).
After doing her Ph.D. from Bombay University in 1949, Dr. V.R. Khanolkar encouraged her to take up a fellowship in any American university. She moved to America and got a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the opportunity to work on tissue culture techniques.
She returned to Bombay and began working at the ICRC, where she established the country’s first tissue culture laboratory.
Kamal Ranadive’s Works
As director of the ICRC and a pioneer in animal modeling of cancer development, Ranadive was among the first researchers in India to propose a link between breast cancer and heredity and to identify links between cancer and certain viruses.
Continuing this groundbreaking work, Ranadive studied Mycobacterium leprae, the bacterium that causes leprosy, and helped develop a vaccine.
In 1973, Dr. Ranadive and 11 colleagues founded the Indian Association of Women Scientists (IWSA) to support women in scientific fields.
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.
The IWSA now has 11 chapters in India and provides scholarships and childcare options for women in science.
Dr. Ranadive’s dedication to health justice and education remains influential to her students who work as scientists today.
Kamal Ranadive’s Awards
In 1982, Kamal was awarded the Padma Bhusan for Medicine by the Government of India, the first Silver Jubilee Research Award 1964 by the Medical Council of India, the G. J. Watumull Foundation Prize for 1964 in micro-biology.
We hope you got all the information about why Google Doodle Honors Kamal Ranadive on her 104th birthday.