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About Aditi Pant | Indian Scientist

Aditi Pant

Aditi pant is an Indian oceanographer and she was the first Indian woman to visit Antarctica as part of the Indian Antarctic program in 1983. And at that time women are not permitted to get good education but yet she had come up as a role model to all the aspiring women that women can not only reach upto space but also to the farthest corner of the earth such that Antarctica region. she has hard prominent positions at institutions including the national institute of oceanography, national chemical laboratory, University of Pune, and Maharashtra academy of science.

Aditi Pant
Aditi Pant
Aditi Pant
Alma materB.Sc. University of Pune
M.Sc. University of Hawaii
Ph.D. Westfield College
National Chemical Laboratory
Known forOceanographer
AwardsSERC Award
Antarctica Award
Scientific career
InstitutionsNational Institute of Oceanography, India

She was born in nagpur and completed her BSc at University of Pune.she was awarded as US government scholarship to take up Masters in Marine science in the University of Hawaii. Her academic interest lay in photosynthesis in plankton communities. Shr wrote her thesis on the effect of tropical light intensity is of photosynthesis by natural plankton communities and the nature and amount of reduced carbon flow from plankton to bacteria. She did her PhD in physiology in Marine algae at westfield college in London University.

Due to financial constraint her advanced education abroad was not easy to have so it was cheerful event when she got a US government grant to the university of Hawaii. Her proposition depended on photosynthesis in tiny fish networks as she was first presented to this Marine structure in the book "The open Sea".

Antarctic expedition and later work

Between December 1983 and March 1984, Pant embarked on an expedition to Antarctica. This was the third in a series of expeditions spearheaded by erstwhile Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by the Indian Antarctic Program (under the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research). The expedition was aimed at gathering information related to food chain physics, chemistry, and biology in the Antarctic Ocean. Under the severe and harsh climate conditions Dr. Aditi Pant studied the mainland for four months and turned out with brilliant disclosures.During the course of the mission, the team built Dakshin Gangotri, the first Indian scientific research base station of Antarctica (located 2,500 kms from the South Pole). Pant also participated in the fifth expedition to the Antarctic in 1984, carrying out research in oceanography and geology.

In 1990, after 17 years of working with the NIO, Pant moved to Pune to work at the National Chemical Laboratory. Here, she studied the enzymology of salt-tolerant and salt-loving microbes involved in the food chain.

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