Kanal Ranadive's contribution: The man behind the Doodle


Google paid tribute to the cell biologist, Dr. Kamal Ranadive, who was one of the first researchers in India to identify links between cancer and certain viruses.

The Google Doodle, created by India-based guest artist Ibrahim Rayintakath, shows Dr. Ranadive with a microscope and celebrates her 104th birth anniversary.

"My main source of inspiration was lab aesthetics from the late 20th century and the microscopic world of cells related to leprosy and cancer," said Rayintakath.

My main source of inspiration was lab aesthetics from the late 20th century and the microscopic world of cells related to leprosy and cancer,

Life History

Dr. Kamal Samarath, popularly known as Dr. Kamal Ranadive, was born in Pune in 1917. Her family encouraged her to opt for medical education, but Ranadive was more interested in Biology.

During her tenure as director of the Indian Cancer Research Center, she was not only one of the first researchers to identify the links among cancers and certain viruses, but she also was among the first to propose a link between breast cancer and heredity.

In 1949, she received a doctorate in cytology.

The Indian cell biologist studied Mycobacterium leprae, the bacterium that causes leprosy, and helped develop a vaccine for it.

"Ranadive also encouraged students and Indian scholars abroad to return to their own country and use their knowledge to work for their communities," wrote Google.