Keeping her achievements in mind, Google has dedicated a Doodle that represents the organic chemistry and phytomedicine. The first Google Doodle, designed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, honoured the Burning Man Festival of 1998.
India's most prestigious science award, the annual Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, was first given in 1958, but it was only in 1960 that its "chemical sciences" category was introduced. The doodle very aptly shows a smiling Asima Chatterjee coloured in green and the Google logo created to resemble chemical bonds.
Born on September 23, 1917, Dr Asima Chatterjee has various contributions on the research of vinca alkaloids and the development of anti-epileptic and anti-malarial drugs.
After she completed her master's in organic chemistry from the University of Calcutta in 1938, she completed her doctoral degree in 1944.
When the doyenne of chemistry was growing up in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in the 1920s and 1930s, it was nearly unheard of for a woman to study chemistry. She also conducted research in the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the Caltech.
"A firm believer in collaboration and teaching, Dr. Chatterjee also founded and led the department of chemistry at Lady Brabourne College".
She had also developed an anti-epileptic drug called Ayush-56 and an anti-malarial drug. She has made significant contributions to the chemistry of alkaloids, coumarins and other plant products.
According to Pakrashi, Chatterjee "published around 400 papers in national and worldwide journals and more than a score of review articles in reputed serial volumes". Her publications have been extensively cited and much of her work has been included in several textbooks.
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Dr Chattejee had edited and rewritten Bharater Bonousadhi (originally compiled by the late Dr KP Biswas), a treatise in Bengali on Indian Medicinal Plants in six volumes (Volumes 1-5; 1973; Volume 6; 1977) and published by the Calcutta University Press.
GROWING up in 1920s India, it was nearly unheard of for young women like Asima Chatterjee to pursue scientific study.
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She banded together on this work with scientists in America and Switzerland. Her research was based on plant chemistry and synthetic organic chemistry.
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She graduated from the Scottish Church College in Kolkata with honours in Chemistry (1936).
She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1975 and the Sir C.V. Raman Award in 1982.
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