Google on Thursday dedicated a doodle to Japanese geochemist Katsuko Saruhashi to celebrate her 98th birth anniversary.
Saruhashi is popularly known for making some of the first measurements of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels in seawater, and later showed the evidence in seawater and the atmosphere of the dangers of radioactive fallout.
Also known for spreading feminism and encouraging women to become great aspirants, Saruhashi once said, “There are many women who have the ability to become great scientists. I would like to see the day when women can contribute to science & technology on an equal footing with men.”
Google, in its citation, wrote, “Today on her 98th birthday, we pay tribute to Dr Katsuko Saruhashi for her incredible contributions to science, and for inspiring young scientists everywhere to succeed.”
Here are some interesting facts about Saruhashi:
1. Saruhashi graduated from the Imperial Women’s College of Science in 1943.
2. She was notable for her works including experimenting ongoing nuclear fallout in oceans. She studied acid rains and its effects later in her life. Saruhashi had a career span of 35 years.
3. She became the first woman to be elected to the Science Council of Japan in 1980. She was the first woman to be honoured with the Miyake Prize for geochemistry in 1985.
4. She established the Saruhashi Prize in 1981, which recognises female scientists for eminent research in Natural Sciences.
5. Saruhashi died on September 29, 2007, due to pneumonia at the age of 87.