Willem Einthoven – who was the Nobel Prize-winning doctor featured in today’s Google Doodle?

GOOGLE today celebrates the life and legacy of Dutch doctor and physiologist Willem Einthoven with an illustrated Doodle.

But who was the Nobel Prize-winning doctor and what did he invent? Read on to find out…

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He was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in 1924 for his outstanding work in medicine[/caption]

Who was Willem Einthoven?

Willem Einthoven was a doctor and a physiologist, who was born in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) in 1860 and died in 1927 in the Netherlands.

His father, a doctor, died when Willem was six, and four years later his mother returned to the Netherlands with her six children.

Willem Einthoven went to medical school in Utrecht and received his doctor’s degree in 1885.

He became a professor at the University of Leiden in 1886, where he worked for the rest of his life.

In 1902, he became member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Dutch doctor invented the first practical electrocardiogram, which is a device then produced moving trace on graph paper, monitoring the rhythm of the heart as it pumps blood around the body.

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Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the Dutch doctor and physiologist[/caption]

It took him until 1903, but he finally invented a string galvanometer that could be used to measure heartbeats and record the measurements on paper at the same time.

The string galvanometer, sometimes called the Einthoven galvanometer, is Einthoven’s greatest contribution to modern medicine.

His invention later became an essential tool for doctors dealing with varied types of heart diseases.

The device has since been much improved over the years, although the terminology for using it has remained the same.

He was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in 1924 for his outstanding work in medicine. He died three years later.

Aside from his inventions, Willem Einthoven also contributed many ideas to medicine.

He made the idea of Einthoven’s Triangle, the P, Q, R, S, and T letters for heart conditions – which are still in use today.

Willem Einthoven married in 1886 and had four children.

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The Dutch doctor invented the first practical electrocardiogram[/caption]

What is a Google Doodle?

In 1998, the search engine founders Larry and Sergey drew a stick figure behind the second ‘o’ of Google as a message to that they were out of office at the Burning Man festival and with that, Google Doodles were born.

The company decided that they should decorate the logo to mark cultural moments and it soon became clear that users really enjoyed the change to the Google homepage.

Now, there is a full team of doodlers, illustrators, graphic designers, animators and classically trained artists who help create what you see on those days.

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He also made the idea of Einthoven’s Triangle, the P, Q, R, S, and T letters for heart conditions – which are still in use today[/caption]

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