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Asima Chatterjee 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, and the development of anti-epileptic and anti-malarial drugs.

Asima Chatterjee (née Mookerjee) was born on 23 September 1917 in Bengal. An excellent student, Chatterjee grew up in Calcutta, attending school and subsequently enrolling at the Scottish Church College, of the University of Calcutta, graduating with honours in chemistry in 1936.

On 23 September 2017, Google celebrates her 100th birthday with special doodle tributes to her.

Asima Chatterjee graduated in 1938 with a master’s degree in organic chemistry from the University of Calcutta, completing a doctoral degree there in 1944.

Chaterjee’s research centered around natural products chemistry and resulted in anti-convulsive, anti-malarial and chemotherapy drugs

In 1954, Asima Chatterjee joined the University College of Science of the University of Calcutta, as reader in pure chemistry. In 1962, Chatterjee was appointed the prestigious Khaira professorship of Chemistry at the University of Calcutta, a position she held till 1982.

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 University Grants Commission (India).

In 1961, she received the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in chemical science, in the process becoming the first female recipient of this award.

In 1975, she was conferred the prestigious Padma Bhushan and became the first lady scientist to be elected as the General President of the Indian Science Congress Association.
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