Google Pays Homage to Albert Szent-Gyorgyi with Citric Doodle

September 16, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The Google Doodle has always been famous with varying degrees of creativity etched across the home page. Today, for instance, it’s a pair of oranges that have managed to bag the place of honor.

If you are wondering about all that fruity doodle Google has put up, its because the search giant is celebrating the 118th birthday of the discoverer of the Vitamin C, Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi de Nagyrapolt (or simply known as Albert Szent-Gyorgyi). Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (September 16, 1893 – October 22, 1986) was a Hungarian physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937.

He is credited with discovering the Vitamin C as well as the components and reactions of the citric acid cycle. He was also active in the Hungarian Resistance during World War II and emerged as a political figure in the Hungarian politics after the war.

He set up the Institute for Muscle Research at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts with financial support from Hungarian businessman Stephen Rath. Szent-Györgyi in the 1950s. He used the electron microscope in order to study muscles at the subunit level, and in 1954 he was awarded the Lasker Award.

He died at the age of 93 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts on October 22, 1986. The Google doodle features the pictures of citric fruits in his commemoration.

The doodles have gained immense popularity over the past few years and the Google team has put up commemorative doodles on events ranging from news events, civic milestones, birthdays, death anniversaries and important dates in history. According to the search giant, they have created more than 900 doodles since 1998, with 270 of them running in 2010 and more than 150 in 2011.

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