Hertha Marks Ayrton Google Doodle marks 162nd birthday of “The Electric Arc” author
Google pays tribute to the first woman to present a scientific paper to London's Royal Society.
Google is paying tribute to the first woman to read a scientific paper in front of London’s Royal Society with today’s Hertha Marks Ayrton Google doodle.
Ayrton set a historical precedent for women when she read her scientific paper, “The Origin and Growth of Ripple Marks,” presenting her findings around ripple marks left on the sand as a wave washes over it.
[blockquote cite = “Google Doodle Blog”]When a wave washes over sand, ripples will appear. This simple observation was a scientific mystery until Hertha Marks Ayrton read “The Origin and Growth of Ripple Marks” to the Royal Society in 1904.[/blockquote]
In addition to her research on ripple marks, Ayrton is credited with being a scientist, engineer, physicist and inventor. Prior to presenting her work to the Royal Society, Ayrton had already published “The Electric Arc,” a book summarizing her research within the field of electrical engineering.
Marking the British engineer’s 162nd birthday, the doodle is being displayed on a handful of Google’s international home pages, in addition to its US home page, and leads to a search for “Hertha Marks Ayrton.”
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