Google Doodle Celebrates 180th Birth Anniversary of Carlos Juan Finlay

By Vivek

Yet another doodle comes along the way in the search page of Google celebrating the 180th birthday of the Cuban physician and scientist Carlos Juan Finlay. The man behind the creation of doodle is in fact known for his research in yellow fever.

Google Doodle Celebrates 180th Birth Anniversary of Carlos Juan Finlay


Thus also recognized as a pioneer in the research topic, he suggested that the disease was transmitted from infected to healthy humans through a mosquito. Thus the doodle features Carlos Juan Finlay and a mosquito that causes yellow fever on the search page.

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Talking about the biography of the pioneer, he was born of French and Scottish descent on December 3, 1833 in Puerto Príncipe (now the Cuban city of Camagüey). He went to Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Finlay graduated in 1855, and he completed his studies in Havana and in Paris. Later, in 1879, the Cuban government appointed Finlay to work with the North American commission studying the causes of yellow fever.

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In the same line, Finlay published experimental evidence of this discovery in 1886, but the theory was ignored for 20 years. He also said that that the carrier of the disease was the mosquito Culex fasciatus, now known as Aedes aegypti.

At the age of 81, he died on August 20, 1915 from a stroke caused by severe brain seizures in his home in Havana.

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