On Tuesday, the American search-engine Google paid tribute to the late Dr. Fe del Mundo, the Philippines’ first national scientist, on her 107th birth anniversary.
In line with her legacy, Google Doodle featured a signature doodle of the Filipino physician caring for a child.
Del Mundo, who was born in Manila on November 27, 1911, was inspired to study medicine by her older sister who did not live to realize her dream of becoming a doctor. She became the first woman, and the only woman at that time, to be admitted to Harvard Medical School.
She was best known for inventing an incubator made of bamboo, which was used in rural areas without electricity. She also founded the first pediatric hospital in the country.
De Mundo has been conferred the Lakandula Award with the rank of Bayani, and the Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. She passed away at the age of 100 in August 2011.