Googleon Saturday created a special Doodle to mark the 153rd birth anniversary of Thane-born Anandi Gopal Joshi, regarded as India’s first US-trained female medico.

The Hindu News website reported that Anandi earned her medical degree from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (now known as Drexel University College of Medicine) at the age of 21, just a year before her life was tragically cut short by tuberculosis.

It also reported that Anandi Gopal Joshi was born in Yamuna, in Thane district of Maharashtra on March 31, 1865. She was married at the age of 9 to Gopalrao Joshi, a man many years her senior. At 14 she gave birth to her first child, and it was the death of her 10-day-old baby, due to lack of medical care, that encouraged her to study medicine and make a difference in her own country.

Business standard news site reported that, In 1880, her husband Gopalrao Joshi wrote to an American missionery, Royal Wilder, about Anandi’s desire to pursue medicine in the US and also about prospects for himself.

Anandi Gopal Joshi battled ill health at the time but that didn’t stop her from pursuing her higher education in US.

Anandi Gopal Joshi returned to India in 1886. The State of Kolhapur appointed her as the physician-in-charge of the female ward of the local Albert Edward Hospital. Months after taking on her new role, shortly before her 22nd birthday, Anandi succumbed to tuberculosis. A crater in Venus is named after her.

Anandi Gopal Joshi
Anandi Gopal Joshi holding aloft her medical degree, sporting a stethoscope.

The Google doodle, designed by Kashmira Sarode of Bengaluru, depicts a young sari-clad Anandi, with a heavy Maharashtrian nose-ring and a prominent bindi. She is seen in the Doodle holding aloft her medical degree, sporting a stethoscope. 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.

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