Julius Richard Petri (May 31, 1852 – December 20, 1921) was a German bacteriologist who is generally credited with inventing the Petri dish while working as assistant to Robert Koch.
Life and career
Petri first studied medicine at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Academy for Military Physicians (1871–1875) and received his medical degree in 1876. He continued his studies at the Charité Hospital in Berlin and was on active duty as a military physician until 1882, continuing as a reservist.
On May 31, 2013, Google created an animated doodle in his honor to commemorate his 161st birthday. The doodle consisted of six animated petri dishes. As the cursor passes over each petri dish, it showed the source of the dish's contents: smelly socks, a door knob, a computer keyboard, a drooling dog, a plant in the rain, and a dish being washed.