Google’s Doodle Celebrates the 153rd Birth Anniversary of Anandi Gopal Joshi, India's First Female Doctor


Google is commemorating the 153rd birth anniversary of Anandi Gopal Joshi, India's first female physician, with a doodle. Anandi earned her medical degree from the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania (now known as Drexel University College of Medicine) at 21 years old, only a year prior to her life was unfortunately cut short by tuberculosis.

Anandi was born in Yamuna, in Thane district of Maharashtra on March 31, 1865. She was married at 9 years old to Gopalrao Joshi, a man 20 years her senior. At 14 she gave birth to her first child, and it was the passing of her 10-day-old baby, because of the absence of medical care, that urged her to study medicine and make a difference in her own particular nation.

Her husband, known to be a dynamic man for that time, had an essential influence in her early education, teaching her to read and write. Anandi lived in Calcutta for some time, before setting sail for the United States while still in her teenagers. Anandi battled ill health at the time, yet that didn't prevent her from seeking after her higher education in a foreign country.

In Pennsylvania, Anandi finished her thesis on "Obstetrics among the Aryan Hindus". Following her graduation, Queen Victoria apparently sent her a congratulatory message.

Anandi came back to India in 1886. The State of Kolhapur named her as the physician-in-charge for the female ward of the nearby Albert Edward Hospital. Months subsequent to taking on her new role, shortly before her 22nd birthday, Anandi capitulated to tuberculosis. A crater in Venus is named after her.

The doodle, made by Bangalore-based artist Kashmira Sarode, depicts Anandi acquiring her degree, her green flowing sari proudly representing where she has originated from.