Google Doodle celebrates 100th birthday of Asima Chatterjee

Google honours Indian chemist on her 100th birthday.

  • Published: September 23, 2017 10:40 AM IST

Keeping up with its trend of celebrating special moments from the past and the present, Google has yet again dedicated a doodle on its homepage. This time, it’s to honour an Indian chemist who is well known for her work in the fields of chemistry and phytomedicine. Asima Chatterjee, an Indian organic chemist was well known for her work in the fields of organic chemistry. Her most notable work includes research on vinca alkaloids, and the development of anti-epileptic and anti-malarial drugs.

Keeping her achievements in mind, Google has dedicated a Doodle that represents the organic chemistry and phytomedicine. On the homepage, you’ll see a green illustration of a bespectacled Chatterjee. Her hair is composed of leaves, and she is surrounded by hexagonal structures that eventually form the Google logo.

Asima Chatterjee was born on September 23, 1917, in Bengal. She joined the Lady Brabourne College of the University of Calcutta in 1940 as the founding head of the department of chemistry. In 1961, she received the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in chemical science, in the process becoming the first female recipient of this award. In 1962, Chatterjee was appointed the prestigious Khaira professorship of Chemistry at the University of Calcutta. ALSO READ: Facebook introduces Google Doodle-like News Feed messages

In 1975 she became the first woman to be appointed the general president of the Indian Science Congress. The same year, she was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India. As a Scientist-Academia, she was nominated twice by the President of India as a member of the Parliament (Rajya Sabha).

She had successfully developed the anti-epileptic drug Ayush-56 from Marsilia minuta and an anti-malarial drug from Alstonia scholaris, Swrrtia chirata, Picrorphiza kurroa and Ceasalpinna crista. Throughout her career, her research contributed to the development of drugs that treated epilepsy and malaria. Her pioneering work on the alkaloids of Rauwolfia, Alstonia, Kopsia, Rhazya and Vinca, has made an immense impact on researchers that followed in the field of indole alkaloids.

She died when she was 88 years old on November 22, 2006 in Kolkata.

  • Published Date: September 23, 2017 10:40 AM IST