Google Doodle commemorates birth of Cuban doctor Carlos J. Finlay
Google Doodle celebrates Cuban physician Carlos J Finlay
TODAY'S Google Doodle marks the 180th anniversary of the birth of Carlos J Finlay.
The Cuban physician is credited with discovering that mosquitos transmit yellow fever.The Doodle shows his face reflected in a lily pond, with leaves spelling out Google, one of which has a mosquito on it.
Despite first publishing his theories in 1886, it was 20 years before they were acknowledged.
He was born in Puerto Príncipe in 1833 and studied at Jeffeson Medical College in Philadelphia.
He went on to practice medicine in Matanzas and Havana following his return to Cuba.
In 1879 he was appointed to study the causes of yellow fever by the Cuban Government.
In 1881 he attended the International Sanitary Conference in Washington DC.Here, he put forward his argument that yellow fever vectors should be studied and shortly after proposed that mosquitos were key to the spread of the disease.
But it wasn't until 1900 that Finlay was able to persuade the head of the US Army Yellow Fever Board, Walter Reed, that his theory was true.
Reed refined Finlay's experimental procedures before US Army physician William Gorgas wiped out the disease in Cuba and Panama.
In 1902 Finaly was appointed chief sanitation officer of Cuba.
Following his death from a stroke in 1915, the Cuban government opened the Finlay Institute for Investigations in Tropical Medicine.
Despite being nominated seven times for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, he never won.