Gideon Sundback Celebrated in Today’s Google Doodle

April 24, 2012

If you have not yet unzipped today’s Google doodle, we suggest you take a minute to check it out. A giant, interactive zipper running down Google’s homepage marks the 132nd birthday of Gideon Sundback, the inventor of the zipper. If you drag your mouse down to unzip the zipper, it splits the screen and reveals the relevant search results for Sundback.

Born on April 24, 1880 in Sweden, Sundback moved to Germany after his studies, and eventually emigrated to the U.S. in 1905. He began working for Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company in Pittsburgh and, in 1914, he developed a version of the zipper based on interlocking teeth, the “Hookless No. 2”, which was the modern metal zipper in all its essentials. He patented his invention in 1917.

It’s an extremely innovative way to honor the zipper’s inventor and it might just be Google’s best doodle yet. You can read more on the story here.

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