The "S" in STEM: Asima Chatterjee
Organic chemist Dr. Asima Chatterjee developed several medicines to manage grave illnesses, including for cancer, epilepsy and malarial. Dr. Chatterjee published around 400 peer review articles on alkaloids, coumarins and terpenoids, and analytical chemistry, amongst other topics. A true pioneer, she received several honours, including:
* Being the first woman to be named a Doctor of Science by an Indian university in 1944;
* She was the first woman scientist to be appointed Chair of any Indian University
* She was also the first woman to receive several prestigious national science awards, including the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for science and technology in 1961;
* Dr Chatterjee was appointed General President of the Indian Science Congress Association; and
* She was nominated by the President of India as a Member of the Rajya Sabha, "the upper house of the Parliament of India in which individuals are selected for their contributions to art, literature, science, and social services."
Her life motto was: “I wish to work as long as I live,” which proved true to the end, until her death in 2006.
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