Asima Chatterjee

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Asima Chatterjee

Born: 23 September 1917

Died: 22 November 2006

  • She was an Indian organic chemist noted for her work in the fields of organic chemistry and phytomedicine.
  • Her most notable work includes research on vinca alkaloids, the development of anti-epileptic drugs, and the development of anti-malarial drugs.
  • She also authored a considerable volume of work on medicinal plants of the Indian subcontinent.
  • She was the first woman to receive a Doctorate of Science from an Indian university.
  • She joined the Lady Brabourne College of the University of Calcutta and founded the department of chemistry there.
  • In 1954, She joined the University College of Science of the University of Calcutta, as a reader in pure chemistry.
  • She was a Premchand Roychand Scholar of the University of Calcutta.
  • From 1962 to 1982, she was the Khaira Professor of Chemistry, one of the most prestigious and coveted chairs of the University of Calcutta.
  • In 1972, she was appointed as the Honorary Coordinator of the Special Assistance Programme to intensify teaching and research in natural product chemistry, sanctioned by the Indian University Grants Commission.
  • In 1960, she was elected a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi.

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