Katsuko Saruhashi Google Doodle: Quotes From the Geochemist

Katsuko Saruhashi (March 22, 1920–September 29, 2007) was a Japanese geochemist who conducted pioneering research on carbonic acid and nuclear radiation. Fair use

The homepage of Google on Thursday morning featured world-renowned geochemist Katsuko Saruhashi, whose contributions to science led to a deeper understanding of carbon dioxide in seawater, among other discoveries.

The scientist was born in 1920 and throughout her career paved the way for many other women to break into the field of science. In 1957, Saruhashi became the first woman to ever earn her doctorate degree in chemistry at the University of Tokyo, according to Google's description of the doodle.

That was only the beginning of the firsts she would accomplish. She was also the first scientist to measure a number of characteristics water held, like the concentration of carbonic acid based on temperature, pH level and the levels of chlorine, accurately. Her research also covered radioactivity in water and her hard work earned her a spot as the first woman ever added to the Science Council of Japan.

After decades of research and work to help women reach new heights in the world of science, Saruhashi died in 2007 from pneumonia.

5 quotes from Katsuko Saruhashi:

"There are many women who have the ability to become great scientists. I would like to see the day when women can contribute to science and technology on an equal footing with men."

"I wanted to highlight the capabilities of women scientists. Until now, those capabilities have been secret, under the surface."

"I worked hard…I concentrated entirely on learning how to do science. But that was not an effort I made as a woman to compete against men. I knew that by working hard, I could slowly unwrap the secrets of nature…this was such a joy…the sheer joy I enjoyed as a researcher."

"... The prize highlights the capabilities of women scientists. Each winner has not only been a successful researcher, but a wonderful human being as well," she said about the Saruhashi Prize she established for women scientists.

"Now everyone is concerned about carbon dioxide, but at the time nobody was," she said about her research into the CO2 levels in seawater.

Google Doodle honors pioneering Japanese scientist Katsuko Saruhashi on what would have been her 98th birthday. Google