Google Doodle pays tribute to vitamin C scientist

16 Sep 2011

The Google Doodle paying homage to physiologist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Internet search giant Google is giving a nod to the 118th anniversary of the birth of Hungarian physiologist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi with a Google Doodle.

Google publishes Doodles – stylised Google logos – on its homepage to commemorate holidays and events worldwide.

The static Doodle, on Google’s homepage, features fruit that contain vitamin C – two prominent oranges, with a grapefruit, lemons and strawberries in the background.

Szent-Gyorgyi has been credited with the discovery of vitamin C and he won a Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 1937. He also received a doctorate degree from Cambridge University in 1927 for his work “hexuronic acid” from adrenal gland tissue, which he later found to be vitamin C.

He was born in Budapest (Austria-Hungary) on 16 September 1893. He attended Semmelweis University, but World War I interrupted his studies. However, when the war ended, he continued his research, attended University of Groningen, and studied chemistry of cellular respiration.

Szent-Gyorgyi moved to the United States in 1947, where he established the Institute for Muscle Research at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He stayed and worked there on various subjects until his death on 22 October 1986, at the age of 93.