Not the musician famous for converting Pachelbel's Canon into a pop song about graduating high school. No, Google's doodling for the actual vitamin touted to be responsible for helping battle those cold and flu germs. Or at least, the guy that discovered it, Albert Szent-Györgyi. Szent-Györgyi was a Hungarian physician, who was most famous for discovering Vitamin C and the components and reactions of the citric acid cycle. He was born in Budapest on the 16th of September, 1893. After a stint at war where he shot himself in the arm to get out of army duty, he finished his medical education in 1917. He began his research and after switching multiple universities, he found himself a position as a Rockerfeller Fellow at Cambridge University. It was here where he was able to isolate 'hexuronic acid' from adrenal gland tissue. This same hexuronix acid, later, he found with a fellow researcher, was actually Vitamin C. He died on the 22nd of October, 1986 in Massachussetts.
For Vitamin C!
Just goes to show, when life gives you lemons, discover Vitamin C and they'll doodle about you years later. The doodle depicts a very Floridian (or Nagpur-ian) scene of oranges with grapefruit, lemons, strawberries and chillies in the background. Szent-Györgyi had initially used paprika as a source of Vitamin C for further experimentation. The logo is styled in a way that's a little reminiscent of the Sunkist logo, the famous Californian citrus grower co-operative. Of course, Google's added its own touch to it and ultimately it's about the Vitamin C.
The Sunkist logo. See a small resemblance?
Published Date: Sep 16, 2011 11:18 am | Updated Date: Sep 16, 2011 11:18 am