View Full Version : Google doodle honors Inge Lehmann

2015-May-13, 03:07 PM
Google's description (https://www.google.com/doodles/inge-lehmanns-127th-birthday)

At the turn of the twentieth century, a teenager in Østerbro, Denmark felt the ground move beneath her feet. It was her first earthquake, but it wouldn’t be her last.

More than two decades of study and observation later, Inge Lehmann’s work sent shockwaves through the scientific community. By observing earthquakes, she discovered the earth has both inner and outer cores. Her work has withstood the test of time. In fact, it’s still the foundation for seismological science today.

washingtonpost.com (http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2015/05/13/inge-lehmann-how-google-salutes-more-women-who-seismically-change-history/)

Lehmann, like Noether, was born in Europe in the 1880s, and during her educational climb at the dawn of the 20th century, women were all but barred from entering the sciences. Lehmann, however, fortunately found a fissure of exception, as she gained access to Denmark’s first co-ed school, founded by Hanna Adler, and received a master’s in mathematics by 1920. Working for the Danish Geodetic Institute five years later, she would make her way to numerous European nations and Greenland to conduct studies (getting a master’s in geodesy along the way), and was head of the institute’s seismology department by 1929.

Within seven years, Lehmann discovered that Earth has a small inner core — and determined there must be an outer liquid core — based on her study of how seismic waves passed through the planet.

Ken G
2015-May-14, 01:41 AM
Way to go Inge, I love stories of people who overcome, without fanfare, and just basically say "stuff it" to all those who said they were somewhere they didn't belong, proving instead by their actions that they certainly did belong until no one in their right mind would argue it.

2015-May-15, 10:42 AM
104 years and never married, right?