Google is today honoring Hertha Marks Ayrton. April 28 marks her 162th birthday.
Today Google celebrates a woman of science. When a wave washes over sand, ripples will appear. This simple observation was a scientific mystery until Hertha Marks Ayrton presented "The Origin and Growth of Ripple Marks" to the Royal Society in 1904.
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She was the first woman to present to the British Royal Society back in 1904. The presentation were then published, marking a permanent contribution to the canon of physical science and a victory over discrimination and exclusion.
The Google Doodle shows Hertha Marks Ayrton framed by her breakthrough findings. "Today we celebrate her legacy as engineer, mathematician, physicist, and inventor, her impact still rippling through the scientific community," said Google in statement.
Before the ripple effect, she made an impact in electric arc research. In 1902, Ayrton published "The Electric Arc," "a summary of her research and work on the electric arc.
Hertha Marks Ayrton was born in Portsea on April 28, 1854. She died on August 23, 1923 in Bexhill-on-Sea. She was awarded the prestigious Hughes Medal by the Royal Society in 1906 for her work on electric arcs and ripples in sand and water.
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