Friday, 31 May 2013

Julius Richard Petri's 161st birthday is today's Google feature [May 31st]

Why is his birthday important to me? He invented the petri dish used for cultivation of microbes. They used to be reusable glass and in my first job, as a lab assistant, I scrubbed hundreds of these smelly putrid things every day!

By 1965 we converted to single-use plastic (made from oil) petri dishes, syringes etc and stopped scrubbing benches, instead laying down a clean single-use bench cloth. Which leads me straight to the millions of uses we have for oil, other than as fuel.

But (short-sightedly) we did nothing about the massive increase in plastic junk because, for us, that was an "externality" for others to clean up.

This trend still continues worldwide, although some are becoming responsible. Please support them in "owning" their own rubbish problem!

Robbert Veerman

And here's the Google Doodle to mark his birthday...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=IcE-GbrEayw&feature=endscreen

4 comments:

  1. Why no video for this post ? Add this video of Julius Richard Petri http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GDornhKYmg

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    1. Thanks for your comment and I have now added a link to the Google Doodle.

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  2. Interesting doodle by google for Julius Richard Petri birthday

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    1. Yes, it was very clever. Now you can see it if you click on the newly-added link.

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