Gurinder Chadha

When describing her work, director Gurinder Chadha says, “I tell stories about people audiences might think they have nothing in common with…then they emotionally connect with them and find they’re not different at all.” Chadha is one the most successful directors in Britain, thanks in large part to the global success of her film Bend it Like Beckham.

Kalpana Chawla

Born in Punjab, India, Dr. Kalpana Chawla was always interested in flying. Three years after becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, she was among the 15th class of potential astronauts and she was the first Indian-American women to travel to space.

Vandi Verma

The Curiosity Rover on Mars had a two-year mission and has surpassed that time frame functioning for over four years now and some of the credit for its long life can be given to its careful “drivers” like Dr. Vandi Verma.

Shakuntala Devi

Honored with a Google Doodle in 2013 on what would have been her 84th birthday, Shakuntala Devi has been referred to as a Human Calculator.

Aparajita Datta

Dr. Aparajita Datta has been a leader in the conservation of the tropical forests of Arunachal Pradesh, one of the states of the Republic of India.

Padmasree Warrior

Padmasree Warrior has been hailed by Fortune magazine as “the New Queen of the Electric Car Biz”

Tessy Thomas

Inspired by the Apollo moon missions “missile woman” Tessy Thomas has always been fascinated with science and mathematics.

Anandi Gopal Joshi

Today we meet the first Indian woman to study Western medicine, Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi.

Sunetra Gupta

Sources: University of Oxford: Sunetra Gupta Sunetra Gupta’s Website The Life Scientific: Sunetra Gupta See Also: Shooting Stars by Sunetra Gupta and Ted Dewan The Royal Society: Sunetra Gupta