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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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 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

#womeninscience #thesciencetimes #womeninstem #sciillustratestories#India #Indianscientists #science #chemotherapy #illustration #polaroid#sciart #scicomm #sciencecomics #bestheroine #medicinal #natural#prestigious #womeninhistory


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

#womeninscience #thesciencetimes #womeninstem #sciillustratestories #India #Indianscientists #science #Asima #chemotherapy #illustration #polaroid #sciart #scicomm #sciencecomics #bestheroine #medicinal #natural #prestigious #womeninhistory

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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.

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.