Google Doodle celebrates pioneering doctor who helped develop polio vaccine


121 years ago, on April 1, 1899, Dame Jean Macnamara, an Australian doctor and medical scientist whose work contributed to the development of a vaccine for polio, was born.

Now, she’s being honored with a new Google Doodle depicting her time spent treating and rehabilitating young polio patients.

Macnamara graduated from medical school at the University of Melbourne, and eventually started her career at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. During this time, she began to focus on polio, according to Google.

It was a career that paved the way for others: Macnamara’s work with Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet, a future Nobel Prize winner, led to her finding that there was more than just one strain of the poliovirus in 1931, a crucial discovery in developing a vaccine for polio years later. Read more…


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