Anna Mani Gender Equity Lecture Series
The aim of this lecture series is to bring eminent members of the scientific community to share their experiences on the issue of gender equity. The series is named after Anna Mani, one of the pioneering women who pursued a career in scientific research in an era when most women were not allowed even to attend school. After graduating from the Madras Presidency College in 1939 she worked with C.V. Raman on optical properties of materials. Though she did excellent work and published several research papers she did not get a PhD because she did not have a masters. Later she went to the Imperial College London and studied meteorological instrumentation. After returning to India in 1948 she joined the met department in Pune (known locally as the 'Shimla Office') and retired from there in 1976 as the deputy director general. She kept her research activity alive throughout and one of the main areas of her research was solar radiation.