Google celebrates Sussex inventor with a ‘Doodle’

Hertha Marks Ayrton
Hertha Marks Ayrton

A Sussex scientist is the topic of the world-famous Google Doodle today (Thursday April 28).

The Doodle appears at the top of Google’s search page and today marks the 162nd birthday of Hertha Marks Ayrton.

A Google statement says: “Today we celebrate her legacy as engineer, mathematician, physicist, and inventor, her impact still rippling through the scientific community.”

However, there’s some confusion over where in Sussex she died.

A YouTube video, Wikipedia and some other websites says she died from blood poisoning on August 26 1923 at New Cottage, North Lancing.

But other websites, including other Wikipedia pages, say she died in Bexhill.

Wherever in the county she did pass away, her work is recognised as pioneering.

She was an engineer, mathematician, physicist, and inventor and was awarded the Hughes Medal by the Royal Society for her work on electric arcs and ripples in sand and water.

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