Google Doodle tribute to Otto Wichterle 108th birthday who invented contact lens

Google Doodle celebrated the 108th birth anniversary of Czech chemist Otto Vicherl on 27 October with a special graphic.

Google Doodle  tribute to Otto Wichterle 108th birthday who invented contact lens
Google Doodle tribute to Otto Wichterle 108th birthday who invented contact lens

Google Doodle tribute to Otto Wichterle 108th birthday who invented contact lens: Otto Wichterle is the man who invented the soft contact lens. Today's doodle celebrates Witcherley's life and legacy on his birth anniversary. The doodle features an animated statue of Witcher holding a lens on his finger.

Otto Wicherl was born on 27 October 1913 in Prostjov, Czech Republic (then Austria-Hungary). A lover of science from a very young age, 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.

Political turmoil forced Wichterle out of ICT, but this did not stop him from continuing his development. He continued to refine 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 as the first President of the Academy of the Czech Republic after the country's founding in 1993.

"Their 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 have inspired a new standard for drug administration," The google doodle page says.