Scientist Dr. Aditi Pant, Who Made India Proud!
In the ancient times, women were expected to stay within the four walls of the house to take care of the family. Over the years, the position of women has changed in the society. Great women like Kalpana Chawla, Anne Besant, and Smt. Indira Gandhi are a few examples who struggled to bring change in the society with their exemplary contributions.
One among such women, Dr. Aditi Pant, who hails from the state of Nagpur, was the first Indian woman to visit the farthest corner of the world, the Antarctica region. Dr. Aditi was an oceanographer who made the nation proud by being the first woman to set foot on the icy terrains of Antarctica.
She started her journey by pursuing B.Sc. from the University of Pune. Early in her life, she came across a book named 'The Open Sea' by Alister Hardy, which had a significant effect in her life, and that's when she decided to take up oceanography as her career. The US government boosted her firm determination of being an oceanographer by offering her the scholarship to study Masters in Marine Sciences at the University of Hawaii. She pursued her Ph.D. in Physiology in Marine Algae from Westfield College at the University of London.
After finishing her education, Dr. Aditi started working with the National Institute of Oceanography situated in Goa. From 1973 to 1976, she studied a lot about the coasts and toured the Western Coastal areas of India. She worked with the National Chemical Laboratory in Pune. She was also the first Indian lady to join the Third Expedition of the Antarctica region in the year 1983. Dr.Aditi worked as a part of the Indian Antarctic Programme to explore the cold regions of Antarctica. After four months of rough weather, she analysed the continent and came out with beautiful discoveries.
The Antarctica Award honoured the marvelous woman Dr. Aditi Pant for being a part of the expedition. She is an inspiration to all the women out there to do what they want to and achieve great success, breaking the shackles of geographical barriers.