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Books Of The Week - Saturday, 6th April 2024

At The Wheel of Research: An Exclusive Biography of Dr Soumya Swaminathan by Anuradha Mascarenhas

About the Book

In this exclusive biography of Dr Soumya Swaminathan, the inaugural chief scientist at the World Health Organization who served during the COVID-19 pandemic, Anuradha Mascarenhas tells the remarkable story of a career encompassing medicine, research, decision-making and philanthropy. She provides insights into the life of the globally acclaimed researcher drawing upon interviews with her family members, particularly her illustrious father, Dr M.S. Swaminathan, close friends and eminent scientists and researchers. She includes little-known anecdotes and stories from Swaminathan's days at school, college, universities and institutions in India and abroad.
Some of the questions that are posed and answered include: Why did Dr Soumya Swaminathan initially refuse a top post at the World Health Organization? What made her reconsider? How did she tackle the challenges posed by the brutal COVID-19 pandemic to emerge as one of the most trusted scientific voices in the world?
Mascarenhas shows how Swaminathan's unflappable and compassionate nature, her ability to connect with people and her willingness to work with others earned her worldwide recognition. At the Wheel of Research is an inspiring portrait of an impressive leader and a physician-scientist with a big heart.

About the Author

Anuradha Mascarenhas is a seasoned journalist. In a career spanning three decades, she has won multiple awards, including the prestigious Press Council of India national excellence award in journalism for gender issues, and was shortlisted for the RedInk award for science and innovation.
Her commitment to weaving thought-provoking narratives based on field reporting supported by data and research in health, science, gender and development issues has earned her several media fellowships including the well-known Laadli and Survivors Against TB. She writes for the Indian Express and lives with her husband and son in Pune. 
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