- Ranadive was born on November 8, 1917 in Pune.
- He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1982.
Google Doodle Celebrate Dr. Kamal Ranadive’s Birthday: The search engine Google today (November 8) has dedicated its doodle to the Indian biomedical researcher Dr. Kamal Jaisingh Ranadive. Today is the 104th anniversary of Dr. Randive’s birth. Ranadive is known for his research on the relationship between cancer and viruses. In this doodle, Dr. Ranadive is looking at a microscope.
Today’s doodle was created by guest artist Ibrahim Rayintakath from India. Describing this, Rayintakath said, “My main source of inspiration was 20th century laboratory aesthetics and the microscopic world of cells related to leprosy and cancer.”
Who is Dr. Kamal Jaisingh Ranadive?
Kamal Ranadive was born on November 8, 1917 in Pune. He is also known as Kamal Samarth. His father Dinkar Dattatreya inspired Ranadive to continue his medical education. He was himself a biologist and taught at Ferguson College, Pune.
In the 1960s, Ranadive established India’s first tissue culture research laboratory at the Indian Cancer Research Center (ICRC) in Mumbai. While working as a researcher at the ICRC, he obtained his doctorate in cytology, the study of cells.
After a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Ranadive returned to Mumbai and the ICRC, where he established the country’s first laboratory. Ranadive studied Mycobacterium leprae, the bacteria that cause leprosy.
From 1966 to 1970 he served as director of the Cancer Research Center of India. In the early 1960s, he, with his assistants in the fields of biology and chemistry, developed tissue culture media and related reagents.
In 1973, Dr. Ranadive and 11 of her colleagues founded the Indian Association of Women Scientists (IWSA) to support women in scientific fields. In 1982, he received the Padma Bhushan for his outstanding work in the field of medicine.
After retiring in 1989, Dr. Ranadive worked in rural communities in Maharashtra, training women as health workers and providing health and nutrition education. He died on April 11, 2001 at the age of 83.
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