Dr. Michiaki Takahashi

Google Doodle Celebrates Chickenpox Vaccine Pioneer Dr. Michiaki Takahashi's 94th Birthday

His son's own experience with the highly contagious disease inspired the Japanese virologist to develop a vaccine.

Nearly 60 years ago, a 3-year-old boy suffering from chickenpox inspired his father to create a vaccine to treat the highly contagious disease.

That man was Dr. Michiaki Takahashi, and his vaccine is now used to protect millions of children all over the world from the disease.

To highlight Takahashi's contribution to health and science, Google on Thursday is dedicating its Doodle to the Japanese virologist on his 94th birthday.

The Doodle depicts Takahashi conducting research to isolate the virus, which causes an itchy, blistery-like rash that spreads across the entire body.

Takahashi, who had spent years studying the measles and polio viruses in Japan,

was on a research fellowship in the mid-1960s at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas when his young son, Teruyuki, contracted chickenpox from a playmate.

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