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Google Doodle honors Salk

Google Doodle

On Jonas Salk's 100th birthday anniversary-October 28, 2014–Google celebrated the scientist behind the first effective polio vaccine with a rare honor: a Google Doodle. These artistic reinterpretations of Google’s logo commemorate holidays and events throughout the year. Penning the colorful version of the Google logo, artist Mike Dutton depicted children dancing and carrying balloons below a sign that reads “Thank You, Dr. Salk!” As a result of the Doodle, traffic to the Salk website increased 375 percent that day.

The Institute will mark yet another milestone this year with the 60th anniversary of the development of Salk’s polio vaccine, which, on April 12, 1955, was officially announced to be safe and effective. Wanting the vaccine to be distributed as widely as possible, Salk did not patent or profit from his discovery. In the two years before the vaccine was widely available, the average number of polio cases in the United States was more than 45,000. By 1962, that number had dropped to 910.