In honour of a man often described as the "greatest Canadian alive,” Google has changed its logo in 13 different countries into an animated doodle featuring a brain and burnt toast.
But who is the individual, a prominent Montreal for decades, being honoured by Google today?
Well, if the burnt toast wasn’t a major giveaway (and you’re too lazy to click on the actual doodle and get redirected to the relevant wikipedia page) we’re here to tell you:
Today is Doctor Wilder Penfield’s 127th birthday, the famous neurosurgeon who millennials may remember from the classic “burnt toast” Heritage Minute. If you’re too young to remember (or just never watched it) take a look below.
Dr. Penfield (the guy the street in Montreal is named after, in case you weren’t aware) moved to Montreal in 1928, teaching and working at McGill University and the Royal Victoria Hospital. Dr. Penfield was Montreal’s first neurosurgeon.
During his long medical career, Dr. Penfield made many magnificent advancements in the field of neuroscience. Chief among them was the development of the “Montreal procedure,” a method of treating epileptic seizures by literally destroying nerve cells in the brain, with the patient kept awake during the procedure.
Canada has honoured the legacy of Dr. Penfield, who died in 1976, in numerous ways. For example, Dr. Penfield was designated a National Historic Person in 1988 and a special stamp was created by Canada Post in honour of the good doctor in 1991.
And now, today, Dr. Penfield lives on in the form of a Google Doodle, one of the internet’s highest honours. That last bit may have sounded sarcastic, but it’s true, only the best people from history earn a spot on Google.