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Google Doodle honours 103rd birthday of Marga Faulstich

Google Doodle features German glass chemist, Marga Faulstich. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 16, 2018, 10.18 AM (IST)

The Google doodle is celebrating one of the groundbreaking female inventors, Marga Faulstich's 103rd birthday on Saturday.

Born in Weimar, Germany in 1915, Faulstich was the German glass chemist who is widely known for working on more than 300 kinds of eyeglass lenses, but however, have 40 patients registered her name till date.

Marga Faulstich was the first woman executive at Schott AG, an international manufacturing group of glass and glass-ceramics. 

Marga Faulstich received the IR100 award from the American Industrial Research Council for her SF64 lightweight lens in 1973.

Designed by the famous artist, Sophia Martineck, the doodle shows Faulstich trying some glasses on as she is surrounded by glass lenses beakers and other pieces of lab equipment. 

The Google in its official doodle statement showed three different early concepts of the doodle. One of the doodles portrayed Faulstich working in her lab.

After graduating from high school in 1935, she began training as a graduate assistant at Schott AG, one of the leading manufacturers of optical and technic speciality glasses in Europe. In her early years there, she worked on the development of thin films. The findings from the basic research performed then, are still used in the manufacture of sunglasses, anti-reflective lenses, and glass facades.

Faulstich has received international recognition for the invention of the lightweight lens SF 64, for which she was honoured in 1973. In 1979 she retired after working at Schott AG for 44 years. She spent the following years travelling to distant lands, but still gave lectures and presentations at glass conferences. 

She died on 1 February 1998 in Mainz, at age 82.