Dr. Kamal Ranadive was honored with a Google Doodle on her 104th birthday for her contributions to cancer and leprosy research

Kamal Ranadive
Dr. Kamal Ranadive was honored with a Google Doodle on her 104th birthday for her contributions to cancer and leprosy research 1

Dr. Kamal Ranadive, known for her cancer research, celebrates her birthday on November 8, and Google honors the Indian cell biologist with a doodle. Ranadive was a founding member of the Indian Women Scientists’ Association and is known for her dedication to making society more equitable through science and education.

The Google Doodle has been seen by people in India, the United States, Canada, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Iceland, and other countries. Dr. Kamal Ranadive’s latest Google Doodle was created by Indian artist Ibrahim Rayintakath.

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Rayintakath reveals in a Google blog post that he was inspired by lab aesthetics from the late twentieth century as well as the microscopic world of cells related to leprosy and cancer while creating the Dr. Kamal Ranadive Google Doodle.

The artist hopes that by sharing this Doodle, people will be interested in learning more about Dr. Kamal Ranadive and her contributions to biology. Her maiden name is Kamal Samarath, and she was born on this day in 1917 in Pune. In 2001, she passed away.

Dr. Kamal Ranadive pursued medical studies with the encouragement of her father and later devoted her life to biology. In 1949, Ranadive earned a doctorate in cytology, the study of cells.

This occurred while I was employed as a researcher at the Indian Cancer Research Center (ICRC). She later completed a fellowship at John Hopkins University in Baltimore before returning to Mumbai to establish India’s first tissue culture laboratory.

According to Google’s blog post, Randive went on to become the director of ICRC and was one of the first researchers in India to propose a link between breast cancer and heredity as well as to identify links between cancers and specific viruses.

Ranadive also researched Mycobacterium leprae, the bacterium that causes leprosy, and contributed to the development of a vaccine. Dr. Kamal Ranadive and 11 colleagues founded the Indian Women Scientists’ Association (IWSA) in 1973 to help women in science.

Dr. Kamal Ranadive worked in rural Maharashtra communities after retiring, training women as healthcare workers and providing health and nutrition education. The IWSA now has 11 chapters in India, and it offers scholarships and childcare to women in science.

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