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Monday's Google Honours Georgios Papanikolaou
Today’s Google Doodle pays tribute to the Greek medical pioneer Georgios Papanikolaou, who invented the smear test to detect early signs of cervical and uterine cancer.
Mr Papanikolaou was born in the Greek costal town of Kymi on this day in 1883. The second son of a mayor and a doctor, he showed early interests in both music and the humanities before enrolling in a medical course at the University of Athens aged just 15.
After completing his undergraduate degree in 1904 he spent time working as an assistant surgeon in the Greek military, before moving to Munich to undertake a PhD in biology and zoology.
It was here that he developed his passion for research, working alongside the acclaimed naturalist Ernst Haeckel, who helped to popularise Darwinism in Germany.
Mr Papanikolaou returned to Greece’s medical corps in 1912 following the outbreak of the First Balkan War, but emigrated to the United States in the following year with his wife, Mary Mavroyeni.
Source: The Independent