If you search something on Google today you’ll see that today’s “Google Doodle” has something to do with a balding man, a brain, and burnt toast.
Well, turns out this Doodle is actually dedicated to the 127th birthday of Montreal-based neurosurgeon Doctor Wilder Penfield.
Originally from Spokane, Washington, Penfield moved to Montreal in 1928. Penfield went on the become the founder and first director of the Montreal Neurological Institute. He also taught at McGill University and Royal Victoria Hospital, becoming the city’s first neurosurgeon.
Penfield specialized in studying Epilepsy. Along with his colleague Herbert Jasper, Penfield invented the Montreal procedure.
Using this procedure, Penfield treated patients with severe epilepsy by targetting and destroying nerve cells in the brain where the seizures originated.
And if you’re wondering why Penfield is associated with burnt toast, you may want to watch this classic Canadian Heritage Minute.
So there you have it. A little slice of Canadian history and a great Montrealer is now being recognized by Google!