Dr. Kamal Ranadive: Google Doodle Celebrates Indian Cell Biologist’s Birthday

Today Google Doodle: Dr. Kamal Ranadive is best known for his amazing cancer research and dedication to creating a more equal society through science and education.

Today Google Doodle: Indian Cell Biologist Dr. Google has dedicated a doodle to Kamal Ranadive to mark his 104th birthday. Ranadive is best known for his amazing cancer research and dedication to creating a more equal society through science and education.

Doodle by Indian artist Ibrahim Rainthakat shows Dr. Ranadive looking through a microscope.

Kamal Samarath, popularly known as Kamal Ranadive, was born in 1917 in Pune, India. Her father encouraged her to pursue medical education, but instead, Ranadive saw her being called into biology. In 1949, while working as a researcher at the Indian Cancer Research Center (ICRC), he received his doctorate in cytology, the study of cells. After a partnership at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, he returned to Mumbai (then Bombay) and the ICRC, where he established the country’s first tissue culture laboratory.

As the Director of the ICRC and a pioneer in animal modelling of cancer development, Ranativ was one of the first researchers in India to propose a link between breast cancer and heredity and to find a link between cancers and certain viruses. Ranadiv studied the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae, which causes leprosy, and helped develop the vaccine. In 1973, Drs. Ranadive and 11 colleagues founded the Indian Women Scientists Association (IWSA) in support of women in science.

Dr-Kamal Ranadive Birthday
Dr-Kamal Ranadive Birthday

“Ranadive encouraged students and Indian scholars abroad to return to India and pass on their knowledge to their communities. After retiring in 1989, Dr Ranadive worked in rural communities in Maharashtra, training women as health workers and providing health and nutrition education. IWSA is now 11 in India. Has chapters and offers scholarships and childcare options for women in science, ”Google wrote in a statement.

 

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