E.K. Janaki Ammal

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  • November 9, 2022
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In news: The book, E. K. Janaki Ammal: Life and Scientific Contributions was released in English by Nirmala James, on the scientist’s 125th birth anniversary.

  • It is the third book by Ms. James. The first two were in Malayalam.


  • India’s first woman botanist
  • Born on November 4, 1897, in Kerela


  • Notable work in the areas of cytogenetics and plant breeding.
  • Carried out important work on sugarcane, brinjal and magnolias.
  • Collaborated with C. D. Darlington to bring out the chromosome atlas of cultivated crops and their wild relatives
  • She received the Padma Shri in 1977
  • In the 1930s, she had taught botany in the Maharaja’s College of Science, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Appointed a member of the Travancore Public Recruitment Committee.
  • She strongly raised her voice for women, arguing that married women should not be disqualified from entering or continuing in service.
  • Fulfilled her professional dreams, in spite of the gender and caste barriers (Thiya family) of her time.
  • Accomplished all this in an era when women’s education was not considered important.

Source: The Hindu


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