|Name Aditi Pant|
|Institutions National Institute of Oceanography|
Alma mater Savitribai Phule Pune University
Institution National Institute of Oceanography, India
Aditi Pant is an Indian oceanographer. She was a part of the Indian expedition to Antarctica in 1983 and became the first Indian woman to visit Antarctica (along with Sudipta Sengupta).
Early life and education
Aditi was inspired to take up oceanography as a profession when she came across the book The Open Sea by Alister Hardy while she was doing her BSc at the University of Pune. She got a US government scholarship to study an MS in marine sciences in the University of Hawaii. She did her PhD in Westfield college, London University. Her PhD thesis was about the physiology of marine algae. After completing her studies, she returned to India to join the National Institute of Oceanography in Goa.
Aditi started her research career at the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa after being inspired by the founder of the institute, N. K. Panikkar. From 1973-76, she got involved in coastal studies and toured the whole of west coast of India. She participated in the third and fifth Indian expeditions to Antarctica to research about oceanography and geology. She was the first Indian woman to participate in an Antarctic expedition.
Aditi was honored with the Antarctica award with Jaya Naithani and Kanwal Vilku by the government of India for her contributions to the Antarctic program.