Google always comes up with new and distinct Doodles to celebrate different occasions. This time, on the famous microbiologist Stamen Grigorov’s 142nd birthday, Google has dedicated a Doodle to him. Google has also made yogurt a part of the Doodle to celebrate Grigorov’s important discovery.
Who was Dr. Stamen Grigorov?
Stamen Grigorov was born in western Bulgaria, on this day, in the year 1878. Grigorov was inclined towards the study of science from a rather young age. He earned his title of a doctor from the University of Geneva. Grigorov later worked as a research assistant in the same University after marriage.
Stamen Grigorov was a famous physician and, also, a microbiologist. He is the one that discovered the bacteria essential for the making of yogurt. Grigorov is also known for his contribution to the making of the world’s first ever tuberculosis vaccine.
The story behind Grigorov’s discovery of the yogurt bacterium
Stamen Grigorov worked as a research assistant in the University of Geneva after marriage. One day his wife sent him a pack of Bulgarian staples to remind him of home. This pack also consisted of yogurt. Grigorov was already attracted to the dessert after learning of its many wonderful medical effects. So, he chose to study the yogurt under a microscope to try and find out more about it.
After months of examination, Grigorov finally spotted the rod-like microorganism that causes the fermentation in yogurt. This bacteria was named Lactobacillus Bulgaricus in honor of Grigorov’s native place. This happened in 1905, a year after his wedding.
The nest year, Grigorov broke records again with his contribution in the invention of the first ever tuberculosis vaccine.
Google Doodle celebrates Grigorov’s 142nd birthday
On Grigogrov’s 142nd birthday, Google has dedicated a Doodle to the late physician and microbiologist. The doodle depicts Grigorov sitting down to eat from a large bowl of yogurt- his most famous discovery. Surrounding Grigorov’s character is the process of the preparation of yogurt, beautifully filling the background. Treats eaten with yogurt are also seen scattered around Grigorov and his yogurt bowl.