Gideon Sundback born in April 24, 1880 – June 21, 1954 was a Swedish-American electrical engineer. Gideon Sundback is most commonly associated with his work in the development of the zipper.
Sundback’s design, that he finalised in 1913, had a zipper with interlocking oval scoops (earlier designs made use of hooks) that could be easily interlocked by moving a slider. The patent application for the new invention was filed in 1914 and issued in 1917.
At the time of its invention the zipper wasn’t called a zipper, it was instead referred to as a ‘separable fastener’. The word zipper was later made pupular by the BF Goodrich Company, that used Sundback’s ‘separable fastener’ in its products.
The zipper regularly finds a place in lists of inventions that shaped the world.
Tuesday’s Google doodle in honour of Gideon Sundback’s 132nd birthday gives the appearance of a jacket front that has the Google logo embroidered on it and a zipper runs through the middle of the Google logo, separating the second ‘o’. To get to know what the doodle is all about users can either click on the logo or better, unzip to reveal what lies within.