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Google honours Swedish zipper man

by | 24th, April 2012

DID you know a Swede came up with the idea of keeping trousers closed with the help of a pliable fastening device that uses interlocking metal teeth? Yes, the modern zipper was invented by Gideon Sundbäck, a Swedish-born electrical engineer who migrated to the US in 1905 at the age of 25.

Today would have been Sundbäck’s 124 th birthday, an occasion that Google is marking with a special “Google doodle”. On its homepage the letters of the search engine’s name have been designed to look like they’re stitched and a zip divides the screen. “Pulling” on the zip with your mouse reveals a page with search results for Sundbäck’s name.

Sundbäck did not actually come up with the idea of a trouser fastener. It had been circulating for two decades, with several inventors experimenting with different designs in the late 1800s. Sundbäck, however, developed and improved on these designs, finally seeking a patent for his smaller and lighter model just days after his 33rd birthday. He called it a “separable fastener”.

It was the B.F. Goodrich Company that renamed the device “zipper”, when they decided to use Gideon’s fastener on a new type of rubber boots. The zipper was also widely

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