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Google honors German physician and microbiologist Robert Koch

father of bacteriology

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Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Robert Koch, he was a German physician and microbiologist. As the founder of modern bacteriology, he identified the specific causative agents of tuberculosis, cholera, and anthrax and gave experimental support for the concept of infectious disease, which included experiments on humans. Koch created and improved laboratory technologies and techniques in the field of microbiology, and made key discoveries in public health. His research led to the creation of Koch’s postulates, a series of four generalized principles linking specific microorganisms to specific diseases that remain today the “gold standard” in medical microbiology.For his research on tuberculosis, Koch received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1905.The Robert Koch Institute is named in his honour.

As Google explains, Koch identified the bacterium for diseases including anthrax, cholera and tuberculosis.

Koch is also credited with sparking a “Golden Age of bacteriology,” during which scientists discovered the causes behind 21 diseases.

“Perhaps better than anyone else at the time, Koch understood that sometimes the keys to solving big problems lay in their microcosms,” wrote Google in a blog post explaining Sunday’s doodle.

The doodle features potato slices, used by Koch as part of his research. The doodle also features a Petri dish with Koch’s name. According to Google, Julius Petri, its inventor, worked as Koch’s assistant.

Koch died in 1910, five years after receiving the Nobel, according to a biography on the Nobel Prize website.

 

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