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Kamala Sohonie


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Kamala Sohonie was the first Indian woman to earn a PhD in a scientific discipline. She faced gender bias within the scientific community, including opposition from CV Raman, a Nobel laureate. Despite Raman’s initial rejection, Sohonie confronted him and eventually gained admission to the Indian Institute of Science. She completed her course with distinction and went on to study at Cambridge University, where she made significant contributions to biochemistry.


Sohonie’s research focused on neera, a palm extract with the potential for combating malnutrition in tribal communities. She also worked on improving the quality of milk produced by the Aarey Milk project.


Usage: The story can be used in essay/ethics, highlighting how her persistence and achievements challenged gender biases and influenced Raman to change his stance on women in scientific institutions.