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.
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.
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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