Meet Georgios Papanikolaou: Pap Smear Inventor Honored With Google Doodle

Greek pathologist invented the Pap smear.


14 May, 2019FORTUNE.COM

Meet Georgios Papanikolaou: Pap Smear Inventor Honored With Google Doodle | BEAM

You might not know Georgios Papanikolaou’s name, but you certainly know his most famous creation. The scientist is being celebrated in Monday’s Google Doodle for what would have been his 136th birthday, along with his invention of the Pap smear.

Papanikolaou was a cytopathologist who worked alongside his wife to come up with the test that enabled the early discovery of cervical cancer and other diseases. Today, it’s one of the most common cancer tests, with doctors ordering the simple, low cost test 28.5 million times in 2015. (Other tests are now being offered that replace the Pap smear.)...

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