Dr. Kamal Ranadive

Dr. Kamal Ranadive: Google Doodle paying tribute to Dr. Kamal Ranadive

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The Google Doodle is regularly used to commemorate noteworthy events and persons. 104th birthday of Dr. Kamal Ranadive is being celebrated on November 8 with a Google Doodle illustration.

Ibrahim Rayintakath, an Indian-based guest artist, designed the Google Doodle, which features a miniature depiction of the prominent Indian cell scientist with a microscope.

On November 8, 1917, Dr. Kamal Samarath was born in Pune, India, making today her 104th birthday. Ranadive was pushed by her family to seek a medical degree, but she was always drawn to biology and went on to have a successful career in it.

While working at the Indian Cancer Research Center (ICRC), Dr. Kamal Ranadive received her Ph.D. in cytology in 1949. She then completed her fellowship at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and returned to Mumbai.

Following extensive investigation and study, Dr. Ranadive set up India’s first tissue culture laboratory. As a result of her work, the relationship between breast cancer and genetics was established.

ICRC director Ranadive was among the first Indian researchers to propose a relationship between hereditary breast cancer and viruses and identify correlations between malignancies and viruses, as stated on the Google Doodle website. Mycobacterium leprae, the bacteria that causes leprosy, was investigated by Ranadive, who helped develop a vaccine. Indian Women Scientists Association (IWSA) was founded by Dr. Ranadive and 11 other scientists in 1973.

After retiring in 1989, Dr. Kamal Ranadive worked tirelessly to teach women and promote healthcare in rural regions while encouraging young Indian students and scholars to return to India and further develop the country.