Google pays tribute to doctor Anandi Gopal Joshi with a doodle

Google Doodle celebrates Anandi Gopal Joshi

Google Doodle celebrates Anandi Gopal Joshi

She is depicted in the doodle - created by Bangalore-based artist Kashmira Sarode - as obtaining her degree in Pennsylvania.

Born on March 31, 1865, Joshi was the first woman of Indian origin to study and graduate with a two-year diploma in medicine in the United States.

Ananpi Goshi was India's first female physician - she is remembered today by Google.

ANANDI Joshi may not be a name many people in Britain know - but she remains hugely significant in India to this day. Her original name was Yamuna and it was her husband who had renamed her as Anandi.

She returned to India and was immediately put in charge of the Albert Edward Hospital in Kolhapur.

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Born Yamuna, she was married at the age of nine to Gopalrao Joshi, a widower known to be 20 years older than her.

Her death was mourned throughout india despite the early opposition to her decision to study in the West, and her ashes were placed in the family cemetery in NY. She is also the first woman to step in the U.S., opening gates to many young women who wanted to do much more than limiting her life to household chores only. Joshi's achievements, however short-lived, were significant at a time when girl education had no prominence in India. The pallu (veil) of her sari is aflutter in the breeze as if in cheerful celebrations of her medical achievement, all at the age of 19. Gopalrao, a postal clerk was determined to educate his wife when she expressed her wish to study medicine at the age of 14. While in America, her health, which was already not a hundred per cent from her days in India, further deteriorated due to the cold weather and unfamiliar diet.

However, the gnawing TB finally claimed her life on February 26, 1887. As a mark of respect, her ashes were placed in a cemetery in Poughkeepsie in NY.

Her husband, Gopalrao, inspired her to educate herself at a time women education was not given much importance. Her death made headlines across India and the entire nation mourned her passing. She joined the college at the age of 19 and was graduated with MD ( Doctor of Medicine) on 11 March 1886. And, a Lucknow institute has named an honorary award after her.

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