After she completed her master’s in organic chemistry from the University of Calcutta in 1938, she completed her doctoral degree in 1944. She focused on synthetic organic chemistry and the chemistry of plant products for her doctoral research. Asima Chatterjee’s contribution to the field of organic chemistry could perhaps not have been possible without the tutelage of eminent instructors like Prafulla Chandra Roy and SN Bose.
Asima Chatterjee later went on to join the Lady Brabourne College in the University of Calcutta in 1940 as the founding head of the department of chemistry. She was the second woman to be conferred a Doctorate of Science by an Indian university.
Apart from this, Asima Chatterjee has under her belt, a vast array of fields she immensely contributed to. One of the most significant areas of research that she conducted was in the field of vinca alkaloids, used today in chemotherapy in slowing down cancer cells from multiplying.
Asima Chatterjee’s contributions resulted in rewards in the form of many accolades, including but not limited to receiving the Padma Bhushan. She also became the first woman to be appointed the general president of the Indian Science Congress.
To mark her contributions and celebrate her accolades, Google commemorates Asima Chatterjee with her very own Google Doodle.