Google is celebrating the life and work of haematologist Lucy Wills on her 131st birthday anniversary with a Doodle. Google often uses variations of its Doodle to draw attention to notable people and events. Lucy Wills was born on 10 May 1888 in Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham, United Kingdom. Lucy Wills has in her credit the crucial research that led to the creation of a prenatal vitamin that helps prevent birth defects. Wills published a paper about research of anaemia in pregnant women in India.
Lucy Wills studied botany and geology at Cambridge University's Newnham College, receiving a certificate in 1911 because the university refused to grant women degrees until 1948.
In 1915, she enrolled at the London School of Medicine for Women and became a legally qualified medical practitioner in 1920, earning bachelor degrees in medicine and science.
Lucy conducted seminal work in India in the late 1920s and early 1930s on macrocytic anaemia of pregnancy. This was prevalent in a severe form among poorer women with dietary deficiencies, particularly those in the textile industry. Dr Margaret Balfour of the Indian Medical Service had asked her to join the Maternal Mortality Inquiry sponsored by the Indian Research Fund Association at the Haffkine Institute in Bombay.