On Monday, Google is paying tribute to the cell biologist who was among the first
researchers in India to identify links between cancers and certain viruses.
The search giant honored Dr. Kamal Ranadive with a Google Doodle
featuring the biologist using a microscope, with different parts of the Google logo
represented by cells underneath microscope slides.
"My main source of inspiration was lab aesthetics from the late 20th century and
the microscopic world of cells related to leprosy and cancer," Ibrahim Rayintakath,
an Indian-based artist who created the doodle, said in a statement.
According to a biography on Google's website, Ranadive would have celebrated her 104th birthday Monday.
Born in 1917, Ranadive earned a doctorate in cytology,
the study of cells, while working at the Indian Cancer Research Center. During her tenure
as director of the 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.