GooGle doodle pays tribute to inventor of contact lens on 108th birthday: Otto Wichterle

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Google doodle pays tribute to inventor of contact lens on 108th birthday
GooGle doodle pays tribute to inventor of contact lens on 108th birthday

Google Doodle: Google on Wednesday celebrated the 108th birthday of Czech chemist Otto Vicherl with a doodle. Witcherle is best known for inventing the modern soft contact lens – now used by an estimated 140 million people worldwide for their vision needs.

The doodle depicts Otto Wichterle holding a piece of contact lens on his fingers while light is reflected to form the Google logo in the background as a representative of the vision.

Born in Prostejov, Czech Republic (then, Austria-Hungary) in 1913, Vicherle earned his doctorate in organic chemistry from the Prague Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) in 1936. He taught as a professor at his alma mater during the 1950s, developing an absorbent and transparent gel for eye implants.

The political upheaval pushed Vicherle out of ICT, forcing him to continue refining his hydrogel development at home. In 1961, Witcherle (himself an eyeglass wearer) designed the first soft contact lens with a child's erector set, a bicycle light battery, a phonograph motor, and DIY tools made from homemade glass tubing and molds. Vichterle was elected the first president of the Academy of the Czech Republic since the country's founding in 1993.

While Vicheral is best known as the inventor of the contact lens, his innovations laid the foundation for cutting-edge medical technologies such as "smart" biomaterials, which are used to restore human connective tissues, and bioidentifiable polymers, which Has inspired a new standard for drug administration.

“Happy birthday, Otto Wichterle—thanks for helping the world see eye to eye!” Google wrote in its message.