Today the Google homepage shows a really funny doodle. It is an interactive zipper. The user can pull it down to see the Result page behind it. Google celebrates the 132nd birthday of the swedish inventor Gideon Sundback. He was Born on April 24th 1880. After school he went to Germany to study engineering. In 1905 the 29 aged Sundback emigrated to the United States. He married but his wife died some years later. In Dec. 1913 he “published” his main invention: the zipper.
He was not the first one who developed the principle of a zipper. But he made it ready for clothing.Here the doodle in action:
Source: Gideon Sundback Google Doodle
“Sundback also created the manufacturing machine for the new zipper. Lightning Fastener Company, one early manufacturer of the zipper, was based in St. Catharines, Ontario. Although Sundback frequently visited the Canadian factory as president of the company, he resided in Meadville, Pennsylvania and remained an American citizen. Sundback was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 1951. Sundback died of a heart condition in 1954 and was interred at Greendale cemetery in Meadville, Pennsylvania. In 2006, Gideon Sundback was honored by inclusion in the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his work on the development of the zipper” Source: Wikipedia
Really funny doodle …