Google Doodle celebrates 100th birthday of Asima Chatterjee

Google Doodle commemorates the hundredth birth anniversary of Indian chemist Dr Asima Chatterjee

Google's new Doodle celebrates the 100th birthday of Indian chemist Asima Chatterjee

Google, on Saturday, has honoured renowned Indian chemist Asima Chatterjee with a special Doodle on her 100 birth anniversary.

This week a Google Doodle also celebrated the 2017 Autumn Equinox, which marked the official ending of summer and the coming of autumn.

It's been transformed into a skeletal formula, a series of hexagons with single and double bond lines between them, commonly used to represent carbon and hydrogen atoms in organic chemistry.

In her lifetime, she published over 400 papers on Indian medicinal plants and their chemistry.

According to De, Asima Chatterjee, whose maiden name was Mookerjee, was born on September 23, 1917, in Calcutta, the eldest of the two children of Indra Narayan Mookerjee, a medical doctor, and his wife, Kamala Devi. Her focus was mostly on alkaloid, coumarins, and terpenoids. But that did not stop Chatterjee and she not only completed her undergraduate degree in organic chemistry, but also went on to receive a Doctorate of Science in 1944 from the University of Calcutta. Her research on vinca alkaloids, which is derived from periwinkle that is known for its anti-cancer properties, and the development of anti-epileptic and anti-malarial drugs are some of her most notable works.

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She was also successful in developing the anti-epileptic drug, "Ayush-56" from Marsilia minuta and the anti-malarial drug from Alstonia scholaris, Swrrtia chirata, Picrorphiza kurroa and Ceasalpinna crista. These patented drugs have been widely marketed by several companies. 1960 marked her election as the Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi. Her publications have been extensively cited and much of her work has been included in several textbooks.

The post continued, "Dr. Chatterjee's groundbreaking contributions to medicine were recognized by universities all over the world". She published around 400 papers in national and global journals and more than a score of review articles in reputed serial volumes. She left for her heavenly abode on November 22, 2006. She won S.S. Bhatnagar award, the C.V. Raman award, and the P.C. Ray award among others. As a Scientist-Academia, she was nominated twice by the President of India as a member of the Parliament (Rajya Sabha).

Her work on Rauwolfia species brought her into close association with the late Professor Dr. Her hair is composed of leaves, and she is surrounded by hexagonal structures that eventually form the Google logo.

Dr. Chatterjee's achievements led to her receiving various prestigious accolades, such as the Padma Bhushan - one of the highest civilian awards bestowed by the Indian government.

Her area of interest was natural products with special reference to medicinal chemistry.

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