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Indian woman scientist’s portrait to be exhibited in UK’s Royal Society

Sunetra Gupta, an India-born chemist and physicist has joined the big league of female scientists like Marie Curie in a first-of-its-kind art exhibition at the prestigious Royal Society in London.

Gupta, who was born in Kolkata and is now a professor at Oxford University, is among an exclusive group as part of the ‘Women in Science Portrait Exhibition’ of the greatest female fellows of the Royal Society together with newly-commissioned drawings featuring Royal Society Research Fellows.

‘It is a great honour to have my portrait included in this show,’ said Gupta, a professor of theoretical epidemiology at the University of Oxford’s department of zoology, working on infectious diseases. Her main area of interest is the evolution of diversity in pathogens, with particular reference to the infectious disease agents that are responsible for malaria, influenza and bacterial meningitis.

‘The position of women in science is being increasingly viewed as a rational problem requiring scientific methodologies to understand and improve, and I am happy to be part of such a project,’ she said.  She has a parallel career as a novelist as well and has written five acclaimed novels. 
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