Google often celebrates and honors people through its Google Doodle. Today Google has released a special doodle to honor Dr. Kadambini Ganguly – India’s first female doctor. Today happens to be Kadambini Ganguly’s 160th birth anniversary. To honor her, Google changed its doodle to a sketch of Ganguly, a doctor’s stethoscope, and Calcutta Medical College where she completed her medical school in the year 1886. The doodle has been illustrated by a Bengaluru-based artist called Oddrija.
Kadambimi Ganguly was born on July 8, 1861, in Bhagalpur British India which is now Bangladesh. Her father was a brave man as he admitted her into a school at that time when education for women was unheard of. He ran a women’s rights organization there. After finishing her schooling, Ganguly enrolled herself in college where she studies medicine. In 1882, Ganguly and Chandramukhi Basu became the first women to graduate college in Indian history.
Before entering college Kadambini tied the knot with Dwarakanath Ganguly in 1883. The couple always helped women who wanted to study. She made history once again in 1886 as she became the first woman to become an Indian-educated doctor. After some time Kadambini moved to the UK to further her practice and specialize in gynecology. She came back to India in the 1890s and started her own clinic. Kadambini Ganguly passed away in 1923 after conducting an operation the same day.