A Google Doodle Honors Anna Mani, the “Weather Woman of India”

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A Google Doodle Honors Anna Mani, the "Weather Woman of India"

The 104th birthday of Indian physicist and meteorologist Anna Mani, who made a significant contribution to the science of meteorology, will be commemorated in the Google Doodle on Tuesday, August 23. The physicist and meteorologist is also referred to as “India’s weather woman.” Her life’s effort and research enabled India to produce precise weather forecasts and created the foundation for the country to utilise renewable energy.

On August 23, 1918, Anna Mani was born in Peerumet, Kerala. She earned a BSc Honors degree in Physics and Chemistry from Presidency College in Madras in 1939 and worked as CV Raman’s research assistant at the Indian Institute of Sciences.

According to history, Kerala-born Syrian Christian Anna Mani, who was born in 1918, made numerous significant contributions to the fields of physics and meteorology. Her work paved the way for India to utilise renewable energy and enabled the nation to produce precise weather forecasts.

Additionally, she conducted research on the optical qualities of diamond and ruby under the direction of physicist Professor C V Raman.

She published five research papers after earning her B.Sc. with honours in physics and chemistry from P Pachaiyappas College in Chennai in 1939. She moved to Imperial College, London in 1945 to pursue graduate physics studies.

When Anna Mani returned from London in 1948, she joined the India Meteorological Department in Pune and was in charge of setting up the meteorological equipment. Later, Anna Mani held various important roles in the United Nations World Meteorological Organization and was appointed as the deputy director general of the India meteorological department.

She was awarded the INSA K. R. Ramanathan Medal in 1987 in recognition of her outstanding contributions to science. Mani later rose to the post of deputy director general of the Indian meteorological department and held various important roles within the World Meteorological Organization of the United Nations. She was awarded the INSA K. R. Ramanathan Medal in 1987 in recognition of her outstanding contributions to science.

She was chosen to serve as a Trustee of the Bangalore-based Raman Research Institute following her retirement. She also established a business that produced solar and wind energy equipment. Mani used to dress in khadi and lived a life based on Gandhian

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