Virologist, Dr. Michiaki Takahashi who is widely known for his contribution towards the vaccine for chickenpox was born today on February 17, 1928. To celebrate his great work and his 94th birthday, Google has got a doodle which is illustrated by a Tokyo-based artist Tatsuro Kiuchi.
The news: Dr Takahashi, was born in Osaka in the year 1928. He is also the one who first developed a vaccine against chickenpox in early 1974.Commemorating his birthday, Google is having a Doodle on all of its search pages. The artwork is illustrated by Tatsuro Kiuchi, a Tokyo-based artist.
What’s going on: The chickenpox vaccine “Oka” developed by Dr Takahashi, was accepted by the World Health Organization (WHO), and now is being widely used throughout the world. The vaccine, at present, has been administered to millions of children across the world.
The backstory: Dr Takahashi got his medical degree from Osaka University. He then got a chance to work as a researcher at the Osaka University’s Research Institute for Microbial Disease in 1959.
After studying measles and polioviruses, Dr Takahashi accepted a research fellowship in 1963 at Baylor College in the United States.
Dr. Takahashi started working on chickenpox, after his son developed a serious bout of the same disease.