Google celebrates the life of Dr. Mária Telkes with a Doodle


Google celebrates the life and work of solar energy pioneer Dr. Mária Telkes with a Doodle. She believed the power of the sun could change human lives, and was the first to receive The Society of Women Engineers Achievement Award on this day in 1952.
Born in Budapest in 1900, Dr. Telkes studied physical chemistry at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest. She graduated with a B.A. in 1920 and received her PhD in 1924. She continued her career at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and during World War II, she was called upon by the US government to help develop a solar distiller that converted seawater into fresh water. The soldiers stationed in the Pacific theater used this life saving invention.
In 1948, after securing private funding from philanthropists, she created the Dover Sun House in partnership with architect Eleanor Raymond. The solar-heated home was a success and the women were featured in the media, popularizing the term ‘solar energy’ among the public.
Dr. Telkes’ career was filled with success and innovation. She also helped research solar energy at prestigious institutions such as NYU, Princeton University, and the University of Delaware. Dr. Telkes earned more than 20 patents and worked as a consultant for many energy companies. It’s no wonder she’s remembered as The Sun Queen.



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