Google celebrates Oklahoma woman known as first American Indian female engineer

Google celebrates Oklahoma woman known as first American Indian female engineer

Mary Golda Ross

TULSA, Okla. — Google is honoring an Oklahoma woman on Thursday with a Google Doodle on the search engine's home page.

Mary Golda Ross was born Aug. 9, 1908 in Park Hill, Oklahoma. A Cherokee citizen, she graduated from Northeastern State College with a degree in mathematics and eventually became the first American Indian female engineer.

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She went on to work in education, the Bureau of Indian Affairs in D.C. and Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in California. In 1953, she was among 40 engineers at Lockheed to begin projects for the space race.

Thursday marks Ross' 110th birthday. She died in 2008 at age 99.

Google Doodles are created by the company "to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers and scientists."

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