Anna Mani, an Indian Physicist, and meteorologist who was among the first female scientist is being celebrated today with a Google Doodle on her 104th birthday anniversary. Anna who died on August 16, 2001, at the age of 82 was instrumental in her research on solar radiation, ozone, and wind energy measurements.
Today’s #GoogleDoodle honours Anna Mani, the 'Weather Woman of India', whose inventions still continue to make our lives easier.
She gave us gadgets to measure weather, and laid the groundwork for renewable energy.
— Google India (@GoogleIndia) August 23, 2022
In this article, we will explore on Anna Mani’s least known facts, including her cause of death and whether she had a husband and children.
Anna Mani Background
Anna Mani was born on August 23, 1918, and grew up in the former state of Travancore ( currently Kerala). She indulged in books at an early age and by the time she was 12, she had read almost every book at her public library. She did an Intermediate Science course at Women’s Christina College (WCC
0 and also did a Bachelor of Science with honours in Physics and Chemistry from Presidency College in Madras. She taught at WCC for a year and won a scholarship for post-graduate studies at the Indian Institute of Science which is located in Bangalore. While there she studied spectroscopy, specializing in diamonds and rubies under the guidance of Nobel Laureate Sir C.V. Ramana.
Mani was the author of five research papers and submitted her Ph.D. dissertation. She was not granted a Ph.D. because she did not have a master’s degree in physics. In 1948, upon returning to India, she joined the meteorology department in Pune, where she published numerous research papers on meteorological instrumentation.
Mani was assigned the role of arranging meteorological instruments imported from Britain. She had become the head of a division of 121 men and worked on developing an apparatus to measure ozone by 1953. She was made a member of the International Ozone Association where she set up a meteorological observatory and an instrumentation tower at the Thumba rocket launching facility.
Was Anna Mani Married? Her Husband and Children
Anna Mani took a Dee dedication to her work and was never married, neither did she have children. She is remembered in many scientific organisations, including the Indian National Science Academy, American Meteorological Society, International Solar Energy Society, World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), and the International Association for Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics.
Anna Mani Cause of Death
Mani had a death scare in 1994 after suffering a stroke when she was 77. She managed to pull through after being hospitalized. She died 7 years later, on 16 August 2001 in Thiruvananthapuram, a week before her 83rd birthday.