Google Doodle honours Sir Ludwig Guttmann- know more about the father of Paralym

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Google Doodle honours Sir Ludwig Guttmann- know more about the father of Paralympic Games

Today, Google honours a man named Sir Ludwig Guttmann. Known as the founder of the Paralympic Games, the doodle is made to remember him on his 122nd birthday that is celebrated on July 3.


Sir Ludwig Guttmann was one of the most prolific neurologists in Germany-until the Nazi rule came about.Afraid for his own life, he fled the country and found refuge in England in 1939.He came up with the first 'Stoke Mandeville Games' that are now known as 'Paralympic Games'.

The Google Doodle is designed by an artist named Ashanti Fortson who is a guest artist based out of Baltimore. It shows Sir Luttmann right in the middle and several moments from Paralympic Games that are drawn around him.

About Sir Ludwig Guttmann
Ludwig Guttmann aka 'Poppa' was born in a place called Tost (now Toszek in Poland) on July 3 1899. He went on to become a renowned neurologist whose research on spinal cord injuries and neurosurgical work procedures made him one of the most prolific neurologists in Germany.

However, being Jewish in Germany during the rise of Nazism was more of a curse. In 1933, he was not permitted to practice medicine in the country. With his own life at stake, he managed to escape the country and found safe haven in England in 1939.

There, he did more research work, especially in a condition called paraplegia. In 1948, he organized an archery contest for wheelchair users that became the brainchild of what is now known as the 'Paralympic Games'. Back then, it was known as the 'Stoke Mandeville Games' which was named after the hospital he was working in.

Sir Guttmann even declared the first-ever international Paralympic Games open in 1960. While his research in spinal cord injuries and other aspects of neurology is remembered by the medical fraternity around the world, his valuable contribution towards giving a platform for the disabled community to show what they have got will never be forgotten.

The Paralympic Games has broken down barriers and brought people together to celebrate the disabled community and the endless possibilities of them performing in the best way possible.


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