Today’s Doodle Dr. Mária Telkes

By: ashish pokhriyal

Today’s Doodle celebrates the life and innovative work of Dr. Mária Telkes, one of the first pioneers of solar energy. 

She believed the power of the sun could change human lives, and she was right!

Dr. Telkes was the first to receive The Society of Women Engineers Achievement Award on this day in 1952.

Dr. Telkes was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1900 and studied physical chemistry at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest. 

She graduated with a B.A. in 1920 and received her PhD in 1924. 

The following year, she moved to the United States and accepted a position as a biophysicist. In 1937, she became a U.S. citizen.

Dr. Telkes’ inspiring career was filled with success and innovation.

She was commissioned by the Ford Foundation and created a solar oven design that’s still used today.