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Not enough can be said about the amazing Women in Science who did and continue to do their part in moving the world forward.

We are excited to announce a new series Women in Science, as part of Sci-Illustrate Stories, in collaboration with our media partner The Science Times. Every month, through the artwork & words of the Sci-Illustrate team, we will bring to you profiles of women who touched our hearts (and brains) with their scientific works, and of many more who currently hold the flag high in their own fields!

 
 

Contributing Artist: Eleonora Adami, Ph.D., Sci-Illustrate Stories



Series Director: Dr. Radhika Patnala;

Content Editor/Project Manager: Dr. Ju Lin;

Associate Editor/Contributing Artist: Dr. Eleonora Adami

Contributing Artists:

Arghya Manna (Drawing History of Science)

Keely Van order


WOMEN IN SCIENCE - NOMINATION FORM

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The first female cosmic ray researcher in India

BIBHA CHOWDHURY

1913-1991

 1913 was a historical year for Indians. Among the social and political turmoil in colonial India,  , born in Kolkata (then Calcutta), was one of India’s first women physicists.

 When Bibha started her career, key fundamental particles were yet to be discovered. Together with Debendra Mohan Bose they made many significant findings on meson particle and published three consecutive papers in Nature. Due to lacking supply of cloud chambers and electron sensitive photographic plates, DM Bose sent his star student to England to continue her research.

 In 1945, Bibha joined Patrick Blackette who was studying air showers in cosmic rays, hailed to be one of the most important investigations in Particle Physics. In 1948 Blackette won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his contribution to Nuclear Physics.

 Upon her return to India, she joined Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) as a scientist and their first woman appointment. In 1960, Bibha helped the Indian government set up the Kolar Gold Field (KGF) neutrino research laboratory, which helped India become a global partner in international particle physics research collaborations at CERN and Fermi Labs.

 Despite dedicating her entire life to the particle physics research and putting India on the map in her field, Bibha’s life and accomplishments are but a silent fleeting memory.  Almost nothing is known about her family, she breathed her last in her Broad Street residence at Kolkata on 2nd June 1991.

 In 2018, publication of a book titled: A Jewel Unearthed: Bibha Chowdhuri, The Story Of An Indian Woman Scientist,  by Dr. Rajinder Singh from Germany and Prof. Suprakash Chandra Roy from Bose Institute breathe new life into her story, her scientific journey so that we all have the privilege of remembering her and what she dedicated her life to.

 Post and Illustration by Arghya Manna, Sci-Illustrate Stories

 Reference: BIBHACHOWDHURY: A JEWEL UNEARTHED by Rajinder Singh and Suprakash C. RoyVerleg, Aachen, 2018.


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The first Indian woman to set foot on Antarctica. hashtag#womeninscience

SUDIPTA SENGUPTA, GEOLOGIST (1946 - )

27th December 1983 was a historical day for Indian Science. The Indian govt started thinking about an expedition to Antartica in the 70s, from which ‘Mission Gangotri’ was born. In 1983, plans were made to establish a permanent Indian research station in Antartica, called “Dakshin Gangotri” , which materialised under the leadership of Dr. Harsh Gupta. The team had for the very first time on an Indian Antarctic expedition two female scientists on board, one of which was Sudipta Sengupta, other being Dr. Aditi Pant. Dr. Sengupta is a structural geologist, who had done extensive research on the Schirmacher Hill of East Antarctica and captured her life experiences in her book "Antartica". On her return from Antarctica, Sudipta joined Jadavpur University as a teacher and scientist. In 1991, Dr Sengupta was awarded Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award, the highest award to an Indian Scientist for her contribution in structural geology. She also received the National Mineral Award and the Antarctica Award from the Government of India.

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We are remembering women in science who won our hearts and brains. Illustration and Post by Arghya Manna


 JANAKI AMMAL

1897-1984

World War II was at its peak. London was bombed several times. Many escaped to the countryside. John Inns Horticulture institute was almost empty. Among few, an Indian woman continued her research amid the bombing campaign and chaos of war. Janaki Ammal.

Janaki Ammal was one of the first women scientists to receive the Padma Shri way back in 1977. She lived a life only a handful of other women of her time lived.

The pioneering botanist and cytogeneticist are credited with putting sweetness in India’s sugarcane varieties. She was the first Indian scientist who meticulously studied chromosomes of thousands of species of flowering plants found in the subcontinent. There is even a flower named after her, a delicate bloom in pure white called Magnolia Kobus Janaki Ammal.

Janaki Ammal's life is an example of sheer courage and dignity. She escaped marriage to her first cousin to continue study and research. Born into a caste considered backward and being the single woman scientist working at Indian Academy of Science, she faced intolerable gender and caste discrimination from her fellow colleagues. Such barriers could not stop her to continue scientific research. She left for London.

Journalist and writer Geeta Doctor (and Ammal’s niece) once described Janaki Ammal as ‘commanding’, and like a ‘Buddhist lady monk’. Doctor also remembers her as having refused to talk about her personal life, saying, “My work is what will survive.”

Illustration and Post by Arghya Manna (Drawing History of Science), Sci-Illustrate Stories

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ASIMA CHATTERJEE

1917-2006

Last year was her 100th birth anniversary. Born on September 23, 1917, Asima Chatterjee was one of the first women in India to earn a doctorate in Science under the British Raj, receiving her Ph.D. in 1944 from the University of Calcutta.

During 30s-40s, higher education for the girls was rare in India. But, as a young girl, her parents never restricted Asima from pursuing education. "Dr. SC Prakashi, one of her Ph.D. students, reminiscences: "Being one of her early Ph.D. students I have closely witnessed her initial struggles to establish herself."

Through her scientific work, she reminded the world about the glorious days of traditional Indian medicine using plants. She researched medicinal chemistry and developed leading anti-convulsive, anti-malarial, and chemotherapy drugs from natural products.

Asima Chatterjee spent long 40 years to find out structure and function of various natural products, isolated from plants. She was the first Indian who had initiated the scientific investigation on alkaloids in Rauwolfia canescens. Two times Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling was a great admirer of her science.

In 1961, she became the first woman to be awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize-the most prestigious award for Indian scientists.

Illustration and Post by Arghya Manna (Drawing History of Science), Sci-Illustrate Stories

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Welcome to the home of the #futurpopart Lifescience Edition.

A Sci-Illustrate exclusive 30 day challenge which led to some of the most inspired work i have made.

As you scroll below, I welcome you to be a part of my creative exploration through the month of June 2018, and join me in revisiting some scientific areas that are close to my heart.

FuturPopArt


Welcome to the home of the #futurpopart Lifescience Edition.

A Sci-Illustrate exclusive 30 day challenge which led to some of the most inspired work i have made.

As you scroll below, I welcome you to be a part of my creative exploration through the month of June 2018, and join me in revisiting some scientific areas that are close to my heart.