Google doodle honours Indian cell biologist on birth anniversary
To commemorate the 104th birthday of Indian cell biologist Dr. Kamal Ranadive (1917-2001), google created a google doodle today 8 November 2021. Ranadive is most recognised for her innovative cancer research and dedication to using science and education to create a more fair society.
Dr. Ranadive is shown looking through a microscope in the doodle, which was created by India-based artist Ibrahim Rayintakath.
Kamal Samarath, sometimes known as Kamal Ranadive, was born in the Indian city of Pune in 1917. Ranadive’s father encouraged her to pursue a medical degree, but she chose biology instead. While working as a researcher at the Indian Cancer Research Center in 1949, she earned a doctorate in cytology, the study of cells. She returned to Mumbai and the ICRC after a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she developed the country’s first tissue culture laboratory.
Kamal Ranadive research on cancer and leprosy
Ranadive was one of the first researchers in India to propose a relationship between breast cancer and genetics, as well as to establish correlations between cancers and particular viruses, as the director of the ICRC and a pioneer in animal modelling of cancer development. Ranadive worked on developing a vaccine for Mycobacterium leprae, the bacterium that causes leprosy.
Kamal Ranadive Awards
In 1982, Kamal received the Padma Bhushan (India’s third highest civilian award) for his contributions to medicine. She received the Medical Council of India’s first Silver Jubilee Research Award in 1964. A gold medal and a cash prize of Rs15,000 were included in this award. She also received the G. J. Watumull Foundation Prize in Microbiology in 1964.
She was an Indian Council of Medical Research Emeritus Medical Scientist (ICMR).