Women are purveyors of life itself. Their roles in society have long been dictated by a parochial outlook, the sheer grit with which women have achieved so much is a testament to how the said parochial outlook was never a deterrent. Even if the field of science heralds men as regalia, we are a country where the term human computer was used for a woman.
#1 Anuradha TK
Anuradha TK is the senior most woman scientist at ISRO and led the launch of communication satellites GSAT-10 and GSAT-12. Not only this, she also helmed the technical group of 20 engineers working for the launch of the latter.
#2 Tessy Thomas
Known as the ‘Missile Woman’ of India, Tessy Thomas was the project director for Agni-IV missile. She is the first woman scientist to head a missile project in India.
#3 Yamuna Krishnan
The first woman to win the Infosys Prize in the Physical Sciences for her ground breaking work in the emerging field of DNA.
#4 Bertha Gyndykes Dkhar
Visually impaired scientist, Bertha Gyndkes Dkhar invented the Braille code in Meghalaya’s local language, Khasi.
#5 Saroj Chooramani Gopal
A Padma Shree awardee, Saroj Choormani Gopal is considered the first women paediatric surgeon of India.
#6 Sudha Murthy
Wife of Narayan Murthy, the Infosys founder, Sudha Murthy didn’t settle to be in her husband’s shadow. She currently chairs Infosys Foundation and is a scientist, activist and philanthropist.
#7 Aditi Pant
An Indian oceanographer, Aditi Pant was the only woman to join the crew of the first Indian expedition to Antarctica.
#8 Ruchi Sanghvi
First woman engineer to be hired by Facebook in 2005, Ruchi Sanghvi was instrumental in implementing the first versions of key features such as News Feed.