STEM is a field of studies dedicated to the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Today, STEM plays a critically important role in propelling the progress of society to new heights, but this field still faces a great gender imbalance.
However, there exists a few women who beat the statistics against all odds.
Here's to honoring some of the women who made monumental contributions to society and inspired millions along the way.
Please swipe right to read about their incredible contributions> •Dr.Christine Darden- An aerospace engineer, Christine was incharge of NASA's Sonic Boom group and has published several papers on 'Supersonic Flow' and 'Sonic Boom Prediction'. •Kalpana Chawla(Ph.D)- Indisputably one of the most inspiring Indian figures, Kalpana was a mission specialist at NASA whose work included development of Robotic Situational Awareness Displays. •Alice Ball- At the young age of 23, Alice, a chemist, had successfully found a working treatment for leprosy with the use of chaulmoogra oil. •Asima Chatterjee(Ds.C)- India's first female scientist, Asima was an organic chemist who worked on chemical compounds in the periwinkle plant which contributed to the drugs used chemotherapy. •Peggy Whitson(Ph.d) -Originally a biochemist, Whitson is also the first female commander of the International Space Station. She has conducted experiments in microgravity and installed hardware systems and commercial payloads. •Marie Curie- Most notably, one of the most recognized and distinguished scientists in history, Madame Curie was a physicist and chemist who discovered the elements radium and polonium.
1 month ago
Search Engine giant Google, on Saturday, paid tributes to Indian scientist Asima Chatterjee with a special doodle, on her 100th birth anniversary.
Chatterjee, arguably the second Indian woman to earn a Ph.D., is the first woman to be elected as the General President of the Indian Science Congress, a premier institution that oversees scientific research. “When Dr. Asima Chatterjee was growing up in Calcutta in the 1920s and 1930s, it was almost unheard of for a woman to study chemistry. But that didn’t stop Chatterjee: she not only completed her undergraduate degree in organic chemistry, but she also went on to receive a Doctorate of Science,” says Google in a blog post.
Chatterjee’s notable contributions in the field of medicinal chemistry include research on Vinca alkaloids used in chemotherapy and development of anti-epileptic and anti-malarial drugs. Chatterjee has published numerous scholarly articles on medicinal plants.
Her Bengali book on chemistry, Sarai Madhyamic Rasayan, is widely used as reference material for secondary school students.
She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1975 and the Sir C. V. Raman Award in 1982. She also served as an MP in Rajya Sabha.
She passed away on November 22, 2006.
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3 months ago
Taking a quick break from fashion to share a post on my other favorite topic #girlswholovemathandscience (so fitting during my last few hours here in India!). My biggest personal accomplishment this month is that my daughter requested a science experiment-themed birthday party (albeit with !). #girlpower#Repost @britishbindi ・・・
Google celebrated the life of renowned female Indian Scientist Asima Chatterjee, with this doodle on her 100th birthday. She was the first female to earn a PhD in Science from an Indian University; the first female Scientist to be elected as the General President of the Indian Science Congress Association; the first female recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award; as well as being responsible for multiple groundbreaking contributions to medicine
Check out the Google homepage today! It's celebrating Dr. Asima Chatterjee's 100th birthday! Her work on medicinal properties of plants contributed to the development of drugs for malaria, epilepsy, and chemotherapy. She was also the first woman to receive a PhD in science from an Indian university! .
3 months ago
Along with our program Shining Lights: Women Writing Science, the Sitting Room will be highlighting amazing women and their work in the field of science. Today we say Happy Birthday to Asima Chatterjee and celebrate not only her work in the development of anti-epileptic drugs, but also for being the first woman to earn a PhD in science at an Indian university.
And thank you @google for making a doodle to honor #asimachatterjee
Today would have been the 100th birthday of the chemist Asima Chatterjee, the first women to earn a science doctorate from an Indian university. Also a real champ in #stereochemistry !
From Wikipedia: Asima Chatterjee (23 September 1917 – 22 November 2006) was an Indian organic chemist noted for her work in the fields of organic chemistry and phytomedicine. Her most notable work includes research on vinca alkaloids, and the development of anti-epileptic drugs and anti-malarial drugs. She also authored a considerable volume of work on medicinal plants of the Indian subcontinent.