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Indian biomedical researcher Dr. Kamal Ranadive was well-known for her studies on the relationships between viruses and cancer. The Indian Women Scientists’ Association (IWSA) counted her among its original members.
Ranadive was born on November 8th, 1917 in Pune. Dinkar Dattatreya Samarath and Shantabai Dinkar Samarath were her parents. Her father was a scientist who taught at Fergusson College in Pune, India. He ensured that all of his children received an excellent education. Ranadive excelled academically. She received her education at Huzurpaga’s H. H. C. P. High School.
She began her college education with a concentration on botany and zoology at Fergusson College. 1934 marked her bachelor of science (B.Sc.) graduation with honors.
She next relocated to the Agriculture College in Pune, where she completed her master’s degree (M.Sc.) in 1943 with a specialization in the cytogenetics of annonaceae.
After getting married to mathematician J. T. Ranadive on May 13, 1939, Dr. Kamal Ranadive relocated to Bombay. Anil Jaysingh is the name of their son.
Ranadive’s fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, where she worked on tissue culture with eminent cell biologist George Gey, had a significant impact on her work. She returned to the Indian Cancer Research Center (ICRC) in Mumbai after the fellowship and set up the country’s first tissue culture lab there. With the help of eleven of her coworkers, Ranadive launched the Indian Women Scientists’ Association (IWSA) in 1973. After retiring in 1989, Ranadive started working in rural Maharashtra areas, where she trained women to work in healthcare and gave the locals advice on good health habits and medical treatment.
Ranadive died on April 11, 2001. Her widespread research continues to contribute to the discovery of improvements in medicine and cancer treatments today.