First woman to be admitted as a student of Harvard Medical School. Invented an incubator made out of bamboo, designed for use in rural communities without electrical power.
"[Del Mundo] humorously relates that when she arrived in Boston and went to the dormitory assigned [to] her in a letter from the director of the hospital housing, much to her surprise, she found herself in a men's dorm. Unknowingly, the Harvard officials had admitted a female to their all-male student body. But because her record was so strong, the head of the pediatrics department saw no reason not to accept her. Thus, upsetting Harvard tradition, she became the first Filipina woman and the only female at the time to be enrolled at the Harvard Medical School."
"In honor of Fil-Am History Month this October, I am starting this project to feature Filipinx inventors and innovators throughout the course of history. By recognizing their contributions to the advancements in the different fields of STEM, my goal is to reinforce this idea that people of color have had significant contributions in a field where they are often underrepresented, and will continue to be a driving force of scientific progress. These Filipinx individuals have had done these important contributions in the past, and YOU could also be one of them in the future!" - Wesley Sosa, Corresponding Secretary/STEM Chair