Janaki Ammal

Janaki AmmalWell kiddos, it is election day. Even if you think, as I do, that in many ways we no longer live in a democracy, you should still vote. It is the most public expression of civil pride. It takes nothing to put a bumper sticker on your car. But voting takes a bit of work. But the country deserves it. If we are ever to fulfill the promise of American democracy, we must vote. So get out there and have your say!

On this day in 1897, Janaki Ammal was born. She was a botanist who did work on the chromosomes of different plant species as well as their geographic distribution. She is rare in her focus on medicinal plants, which I find especially interesting. She also co-authored The Chromosome Atlas of Cultivated Plants.

Happy birthday Janaki Ammal!

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