English haematologist Lucy Wills is being celebrated with a Google Doodle on what would have been her 131st birthday.
Wills is remembered for her pioneering research into the prevention of prenatal anaemia - a notorious ailment of the blood - and was born in Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham on 10 May 1888, the latest in a long line of scientists and doctors.
After attending the prestigious Cheltenham Ladies' College, she completed a degree in natural sciences at Newham College, Cambridge, in 1911 and first became involved in medicine professionally in 1914 when she volunteered as a nurse in Cape Town, South Africa, a country she happened to be visiting when the First World War broke out.
Upon her return to London, Wills received a medical degree from the London (Royal Free Hospital) School of Medicine for Women, where she began to specialise in the study of blood before teaching in the Department of Pregnant Pathology at the same institution in Gray's Inn Road.
In 1928, Wills travelled to India to investigate a severe form of anaemia that was affecting pregnant textile workers in Bombay, a condition she studied from the city's Haffkine Institute before moving on to work for the Caste and Gosha Hospital in Madras.
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