Published: 15 May,2018
Women have made significant contributions to science from the earliest times. Like most professions in India, the field of science is very much male-dominated. Often, we quote 'APJ Abdul Kalam' or 'Srinivasa Ramanujan' when asked to name an Indian scientist. It’s not often that someone names an Indian woman scientist. Only 12% of researchers in India are women and even internationally, the gender gap is prominent. Many women, over the years, have made immense contribution to science, and have also paved a path for others to follow. Here are five leading women in science you must know about:
1. Sunetra Gupta
Sunetra Gupta, a novelist and a professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, studies infectious diseases, like the flu and malaria, using mathematical models. She has been awarded the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin award and the scientific medal by the zoological society of London.
2. Dr. Indira Hinduja
Dr. Indira Hinduja is a gynecologist, obstetrician and infertility specialist based in Mumbai. Dr. Hinduja pioneered the gamete intra-fallopian transfer and delivered India’s first test tube baby.
3. Nina Tandon
Nina Tandon is CEO and cofounder of EpiBone, the first company in the world to use a patient’s stem cells to grow human bone that can then be used to repair bone defects like bone loss. Tandon was named a TED senior fellow last year and she's also one of Business Insider’s “40 under 40: People to watch in 2015.
4. Usha Vijayraghavan
Usha Vijayraghavan won the DBT-Bioscience award and International Senior Research Fellowship of The Wellcome Trust, UK and J.C. Bose Fellowship for her research on genetics and functional genomics. She is on the faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology, IISc, Bangalore.
5. Dr. Suman Sahai
Dr. Suman Sahai, founder of the Gene Campaign in India, an organization working on food, nutrition and livelihoods is a recipient of the Padma Shri, the Borlaug and the outstanding woman achiever awards.
While there are so many more women who are changing the world in science, Nandita and Aashima are on a mission to find these women. These two determined writers on a mission to publicize the great work being conducted by women scientists in India. With Penguin and Puffin they plan to publish two books detailing the stories and reviewing the work of female researchers in India.
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