Google honors American geographer Mary Tharp with an interactive doodle for her life and contributions
Google is known to come out with very creative ways to celebrate the lives of geniuses who have left a mark through their contribution to the world. Be it science, art, literature or education, the tech company has graced many celebrities across the world with its creative doodles.
On November 21 (Monday), Google dedicated a Doodle to one of the biggest names in cartography. Mary Tharp, an American geographer and oceanographic cartographer, created some amazing maps that changed people’s ideas about the world.
On November 21, 1988, Tharp’s groundbreaking work was recognized by the Library of Congress as one of the greatest cartographers of the 20th century.
Tharp began his career in the early 1950s, and although much of the land had already been mapped, the sea remained a mystery. Tharp is credited with creating the first scientific map of the Atlantic Ocean floor.
Google’s latest doodle is an interesting and interactive way to understand the life and contributions of the famous cartographer. Audio-visual doodle narrated by Caitlin Larson, Dr. Tiara Moore and Rebecca Nessel. Doodle provides a colorful glimpse into Tharp’s life with some creative illustrations.
Tharp was born on July 30, 1920 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, US. His father worked in the United States Department of Agriculture and was instrumental in introducing mapmaking to the young Tharp. He received his master’s degree in petroleum geology from the University of Michigan. In 1948, Tharp became the first woman to work at the Lamont Geological Survey.
“I had a blank canvas to fill with unusual possibilities, a fascinating puzzle to piece together. It was a once-in-a-lifetime—once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity for anyone in the history of the world, but especially for a woman in the 1940s,” read Mary Tharp’s quote in Google’s interactive doodle.