Google Doodle honors 'Pap Smear' inventor Georgios Papanikolaou

Google Doodle's tribute was done on May 13, 2019, which would have marked Georgios Papanikolaou's 136th birthday.

May 13, 2019 10:40
Google Doodle honoring Georgios Papanikolaou

Google Doodle honoring Georgios Papanikolaou. (photo credit: GOOGLE)


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Google Doodle honored on Monday Georgios Papanikolaou, a Greek pioneer in cytopathology and early cancer detection, mostly notable for his invention of the "Pap Smear."

Papanikolaou was born in Kymi, Greece in 1883. He emigrated to the US and worked in New York Hospital and at Cornell Medical College at Cornell University.

Although Papanikolaou first discovered the ability to diagnose uterine cancer through a vaginal smear in 1928, it was only in 1943, after having published the book "Diagnosis of Uterine Cancer by the Vaginal Smear" that his work received recognition.

It was then that he gave birth to the Papanicolaou test, also known as the Pap Smear, or Pap Test, a method of cervical screening used to detect potentially precancerous and cancerous processes in the cervix.

Papanikolaou moved to Miami, Florida in 1961, where he died a year later at the age of 78. He wished to develop the Papanicolaou Cancer Research Institute at the University of Miami, which he did not accomplish.

Google Doodle's tribute was done on May 13, 2019, which would have marked his 136th birthday.

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