Name of AAPI FigureKalpana Chawla
What is the person’s Asian heritage or ethnicity?Indian
Area of Influencespace/science
Date of birth or time period17-Mar-62
How did this individual make a contribution to their field or to society/culture at large?She and the others she was with performed nearly 80 experiments studying Earth and space science, advanced technology development, and astronaut health and safety.
Why did you choose this person? What about their story speaks to you?I choose her because while there is lots of accessible information on her, most people still don’t know who she is.
Submitted byLeela Basu
City, StateLexington, MA