July 18 2021: Google has celebrated the life of pioneering Indian female doctor Kadambini Ganguly on her 160th birth anniversary today.
Kadambini (18 July 1861 – 3 October 1923) was one of the first Indian female doctors who practiced with a degree in Western medicine, alongside other pioneering women such as Anandibai Joshi. Ganguly was the first woman to gain admission to Calcutta Medical College in 1884, subsequently trained in Scotland, and established a successful medical practice in India.
Long before graduating school, Kadambini had decided to go to the clinical school. Just then, Madras Medical College had begun conceding female understudies in 1875, while the Calcutta Medical College (CMC) didn’t permit any females to enter. Dwarkanath (her husband) and Kadambini Ganguly volunteered to change this standard.
Kadambini joined the medical college on 23rd June, 1883 despite strong criticism from the society opposing women liberation. She received a scholarship of Rs 15 for two years. In 1886, she was awarded GBMC and became the first practicing woman physician with a Western medical degree in the whole of South Asia. This attracted the attention of Florence Nightingale, who in 1888 wrote to a friend asking for more information about Ganguly.
She cruised to England in 1893 and acquired triple certificate in Licentiate of the College of Physicians, Edinburg (LRCP), Licentiate of the College of Surgeons, Glasgow (LRCS), and Licentiate of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons, Dublin (LFPS) from the Scottish College. Upon her return she was elevated to a senior specialist position and likewise began to keep a flourishing private practice.
Ganguly was an active campaigner for social change in India. She was one of six female delegates to the fifth session of the Indian National Congress in 1889, and organised the 1906 Women's Conference in Calcutta after the Partition of Bengal.
Ganguly died on October 3, 1923, after having conducted an operation the same day.
A television Bengali serial Prothoma Kadambini based on her biography is being telecast on Star Jalsha since March 2020 and is also available on Hotstar. ( source of bio details; Wikipedia)