Ph.D. (1967, Delhi), FASc, FNA. Her honors include a Senior Research Scholarship of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, A.V. Rama Rao Foundation Award, Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Visiting Fellowship, Third World Academy of Sciences Award in Chemistry and Sukh Dev Endowment Lectureship. Was Deputy Director, IICT, Hyderabad. She passed away from metastasis of cancer.

An excerpt from the publication "She was a star":
"Darshan Ranganathan was born on June 4, 1941 and passed away from metastasis of cancer on June 4, 2001, exactly at the age of sixty. Darshan! I often said, “You are a star”! She was more than that. She was a comet on the chemical horizon, shedding brilliance at prodigious costs of energy and vanishing at the apex of her career. In describing Darshan’s personality, I will begin with, what many may consider a hyperbole. With her expensive Canjeevram saris and the big red bindi on her forehead, she always appeared elegant to the extent that after one of her lectures at a symposium in Bangalore, a German professor commented that she reminded him of a picture of an Indian Goddess!"


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