Google pays tribute to Dr Kamal Ranadive with a doodle

NEW DELHI: Google India dedicates a doodle to Dr Kamal Ranadive, a biomedical researcher, on her 104th birth anniversary.

Kamal Ranadive was born as Ranadive Samarth, on this day in 1917, in Pune, Maharashtra. She is known for pioneering cancer research. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan, which she received in the year, 1982.

The doodle was designed by artist Ibrahim Rayintakath, depicting Dr Kamal Ranadive working in a lab with a microscope and some test tubes. “I wanted to make a piece that feels real to look at, that would match Kamal’s nature. My initial thoughts were around carrying this out, at the same time emphasizing her field of accomplishments,” said Rayintakath.

Continuing her pioneering work, Dr Ranadive also studied Mycobacterium leprae, the bacteria which causes leprosy, a chronic infectious disease and helped in developing a vaccine.

Dr Ranadive along with 11 other colleagues, began the Indian Women Scientists’ Association (IWSA), to support women in the research field, in 1973.

She worked in rural communities in Maharashtra where she tutored women as healthcare workers and provided them with health and nutritional education, after her retirement.

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