Google Doodle is honouring and celebrating one of the World’s First Female Engineers Elisa Leonida Zamfirescu’s 131st birth anniversary. A Romanian, who managed to break into an area designed exclusively for men. She studied Engineering in Germany as she was rejected by Romanian faculty for being a girl. Born in the Romanian port city of Galati on November 10, 1887, Zamfirescu passed school from the Central School of Girls in Bucharest and earned a higher education degree from Mihai Viteazul High School.
She later went to the Royal Technical University of Charlottenburg (Technical University of Berlin) where she studied Mechanical Engineering. But, over there, life was not easy. One of her teachers remarked she would be better off focusing on the church, children, and cooking. However, she persisted for three years to earn her degree and become one of the first woman engineers in the world.
She became the first female member of A.G.I.R. (General Association of Romanian Engineers), and eventually ran laboratories for the Geological Institute of Romania. Zamfirescu oversaw numerous Economic Studies analyzing Romania’s supply of natural resources like coal, shale, natural gas, chromium, bauxite and copper. She was known for paying special attention to the training of staff and spending long hours mentoring young chemists.
The mother of two daughters, she also taught physics and chemistry at the Pitar Moş School of Girls as well as at the School of Electricians and Mechanics in Bucharest. In 1993, her legacy was commemorated in Romania’s capital city by naming a street in her honor.