New Delhi: On Monday (December 12, 2022), Google celebrated the life and groundbreaking work of Dr. Maria Terkes, one of the first pioneers of solar energy, with a special doodle. On this day in 1952, Telkes was first awarded the Society of Women Engineers Lifetime Achievement Award. She was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1900. She Telkes, Etvös in Budapest She studied physical chemistry at the University of Roland. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in 1920 and received her doctorate in 1924. She then moved to the United States, where she accepted her position as a biophysicist. In 1937 she became a US citizen.
In 1948, after securing private funding from a philanthropist, she worked with architect Eleanor Raymond to create the Dover Sun House. The solar-powered homes were a success, the women were featured in the media, and the word “solar energy” became popular.
“Dr. Terkes’ exciting career has been one of success and innovation. She was commissioned by the Ford Foundation to create a solar oven design that is still in use today,” Google said.
Today’s message from Maria Terkes honoring the ‘Queen of the Sun’ #GoogleDoodle Glorious (read: suntillating) achievements in photovoltaic technology helped pave the way for a brighter, more sustainable future pic.twitter.com/wQGun4ISfA— Google India (@GoogleIndia) December 12, 2022
Telkes has also supported solar energy research at prestigious institutions such as NYU, Princeton University, and the University of Delaware.
She holds over 20 patents and has worked as a consultant for many energy companies.
“No wonder she is remembered as the Queen of the Sun,” Google said.