100 Stories: Mansukh Wani

Over the course of his lifetime, Mansukh Wani has been involved in India’s independence movement and discovered anti-cancer agents. He knows what it takes to make real change. He believes in the values of the Democratic Party and wants to see Hillary make history in November.


I am a medicinal chemist and I came to North Carolina to work at the Research Triangle Institute in 1962. Everyone said I was crazy, but I came. I worked. I am an emeritus scientist now. I am 91 years old. I am the discoverer of two life saving anti-cancer agents which are benefitting, and will continue to benefit long after I’m gone, millions of people all over the world.

I have been recognized all over the world for contribution to cancer research. Even the state of North Carolina has recognized me for a lifetime achievement in science. I consider myself very fortunate. When I came to this country, we [Indian-Americans] were not recognized at all. I am extremely happy that in my lifetime, in the last 50 years, that we are recognized in North Carolina and across the United States.

I have been a Democrat ever since I became a citizen of this country in 1976 because I like the Democratic Party and what they do. Naturally, I support Hillary. I am from India where I’ve seen a woman become prime minister. For the first time in history, there will be a woman that is president of this country because Hillary is the right person with the right views.


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