One of the first Indian women doctors who learned and practiced western medicine. Her life was one of struggle. Losing her child impelled her to become a doctor & went abroad to study medicine in Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania.
Janaki Ammal in the 1900s took up botany, an unusual choice for women then and later pursued scientific research in cytogenetics and phytogeography. She worked in the UK and returned to India to serve as Director-General of the Botanical Survey of India.
Asima Chatterjee earned respect for her work as a chemist in organic chemistry and phytochemistry, which studies chemicals we get from plants. She is known for her research on vinca alkaloids and the development of anti-epileptic and anti-malarial drugs
Sunetra Gupta is a woman of many talents; she is a novelist as well as a professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at the University of Oxford. Her field of interest is research in infectious diseases like flu and malaria, using mathematical models. She studied at Princeton and then received her doctorate from the University of London. Sunetra earned the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin award for her valuable scientific research.
Dr. Indira Hinduja
Dr. Indira Hinduja, a gynecologist, obstetrician and infertility specialist from Mumbai delivered India’s first test tube baby. She introduced the gamete intra-fallopian transfer which led to the birth of India’s first GIFT baby. Her contribution has been published in several national and international medical journals.
Dr. Suman Sahai
The Gene Campaign in India works to better food, nutrition and livelihoods. The woman who built the organisation is Dr. Suman Sahai, the recipient of the Padma Shri, the Borlaug and the outstanding woman achiever awards. Her unyielding determination made the Government sit up and take notice of the effects of genetically-modified crops and the problems Indian farmers face.
Dr. Aditi Pant
The first Indian woman to visit the frozen Antarctica in 1983, Dr. Aditi Pant is a reputed oceanographer. She contributed towards the third Indian venture to Antarctica and received the Antarctica award for the same. She has worked at the National Institute of Oceanography and the National Chemical Laboratory.