Léon Foucault Honored With A Google Logo To Mark His 194th Birthday

Leon Foucault Today's Google logo is an interactive image of Foucault's Pendulum, a device created by French physicist Léon Foucault who was born on this date 194 years ago in Paris, France. The Foucault Pendulum was the first experimental demonstration of the Earth's rotation on its axis. Showing the rotation of the plane of oscillation of a pendulum hung from the roof of the Pantheon in Paris, Léon Foucault's experiment became a major attraction in 1851, and was recreated in a number of European and American cities. Google's logo includes a rendering of the Foucault Pendulum swinging, along with [...]

Google Logo Celebrates Hull House Founder & Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jane Addams

jane-addams Today's Google logo celebrates Jane Addams, a woman of many disciplines, including social worker, peace activist, settlement house founder, suffragist and author. Included in her extensive list of accomplishments, Addams was the first American woman awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. The Google logo illustrates Addams' civic-minded roles, highlighting Hull House, a settlement house co-founded by Addams with Ellen Gates Starr located on the west side of Chicago. Born September 6, 1860 in Cedarville, Illinois, Addams attended Rockford Female Seminary and studied medicine for one year at the Univ [...]

Google Recognizes 50th Anniversary Of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” Speech

MLK Today's Google logo is a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream Speech" that was given on August 28, 1963 to a crowd of 250,000 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. King's speech was a call for racial justice and harmony, and became a defining moment in America's civil rights movement. In his recent Time Magazine cover article, author and historian Jon Meacham writes, "With a single phrase, Martin Luther King Jr. joined Jefferson and Lincoln in the ranks of men who've shaped modern America." The logo includes the script of the speech as the backdrop for the Googl [...]

Google Logo Honors Claude Debussy On The Occasion Of His 151st Birthday

Claude Debussy Today's Google logo is a melodic and artful animated illustration to honor French composer Claude Debussy on the occasion of his 151st birthday. Set to the tune of Debussy's popular Clair de Lune, the logo depicts a riverside scene on a moonlit night as silhouettes of cars, bicycles, steamboats, and row boats pass by. Born August 22, 1862, Debussy's piano talents earned him a spot in the Paris Conservatory at the age of eleven. By 22, he was attending the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Rome on scholarship after winning the 1884 Prix de Rome with his composition L'enfant Prodigue. During his ti [...]

Google Pays Homage To Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Erwin Schrödinger

Erwin Schrodinger Today's Google logo marks the 126th birthday of Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger. Awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 1933 while at the University of Oxford in England, Schrödinger is considered a founding father of quantum physics. Google's logo honors Schrödinger by highlighting the physicist's two most enduring legacies to quantum physics: the wave equation and Schrödinger's Cat. A fundamental theory of quantum mechanics, Schrödinger's wave equation demonstrates how the wave-function of a physical system evolves over time. Schrödinger's Cat , a thought experiment that pose [...]

Google Honors Maria Mitchell With Logo To Celebrate Her 195th Birthday

Maria Mitchell picture Today's Google logo celebrates the first professional female astronomer in the US, Maria Mitchell. The animated logo depicts Mitchell atop a roof, staring at the stars with a handheld telescope. Before becoming a professional astronomer, Mitchell discovered a comet in 1847 that was named Miss Mitchell's Comet. In recognition of her discovery, she was awarded a gold medal prize from King Frederick VII of Denmark with the inscription, "Not in vain do we watch the setting and rising of the stars." Mitchell was the first librarian of the Nantucket Atheneum where she would remain employed for [...]

Google Pays Tribute To Renowned Biophysicist Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind_Franklin_headshot Today, Google is paying tribute to British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin on what would have been her 93rd birthday. The logo highlights Franklin's contribution to DNA research with an illustrated image of the biophysicist examining the double helix structure of DNA via an X-ray image. It was Franklin's X-ray images of DNA that led researchers to identify DNA's double helix structure, a discovery that resulted in a 1962 Nobel Prize for Francis Crick, James Watson and Maurice Wilkins. Francis Crick claimed his and Watson's 1953 hypothesis on DNA structure was based [...]

Google Logo Marks The 407th Birthday Of Rembrandt van Rijn

rembrandt_gorget Google has dedicated today's homepage to Rembrandt van Rijn, marking the Dutch painter and etcher's 407th birthday. The Google logo includes a self portrait of the artist standing in front of a "Google" etching. With more than 40 remaining self portraits, Rembrandt was known for the images he painted of himself along with portraits of his contemporaries and paintings of Biblical scenes. Beyond his talents as a painter and etcher, Rembrandt was also recognized for his skills as a printmaker. Rembrandt's more famous works include Night Watch (originally titled The Militia Company of Captain F [...]

Today’s Google Logo Marks The 66th Anniversary Of The Roswell UFO Incident With A Video Game

Google animated logo In early July of 1947, sightings of an unidentified flying object were reported, along with crash remnants found near Roswell, New Mexico. While a public information officer from the Roswell Army Airfield initially published a release on July 8, 1947 stating a "flying disk" had been recovered on a nearby ranch, military officials would later claim the found objects to be pieces of a surveillance balloon. Whatever it was that crashed in the southeastern area of New Mexico started an outpouring of conspiracy theories that have lasted throughout the decades and inspired many documentaries, mov [...]

Google July 4th Logo Answers The Question: When is Independence Day?

Google july 4 2013 Today's Google logo celebrates this year's Independence Day with an interactive image of an illustrated family of dogs road tripping across the US. Set on the background of a paper map like your dad may have used before Google Maps, stars highlight trip locations across the country to spell out "Google" with an old style station wagon driving along the route. The logo includes a slide show of family vacation photos from the Golden Gate bridge, through the Redwood National Forest, and Mount Rushmore to New York City. Clicking on the logo after the final picture takes users to the search r [...]

Google Logo Celebrates the 130th Birthday Of Franz Kafka

Frankz Kafka Today, Google's logo celebrates the 130th birthday of one of the most influential authors of the 20th century, Franz Kafka. Born into a German-speaking family in Prague on July 3, 1883, Franz Kafka's publishing career began with a number of short stories published in German literary magazines such as Hyperion and Bohemia. Kafka's frequently referenced novella The Metamorphosis and the inspiration for today's Google logo was originally published in 1915 in the German literary magazine Die Weißen Blätter. The Metamorphosis tells the story of traveling salesman Gregor Samsa who wake [...]

Google Logo Kicks Off The 100th Tour de France

Google Tour de France logo Today's Google logo marks the commencement of the 100th edition of the Tour de France. Covering a total of 3,404 kilometers (2,115.15 miles), the multi-stage bicycle race runs from Saturday June 29 through Sunday July 21. The 22 teams competing in the 2013 Tour de France are comprised of nine teammates each, for a total of 198 cyclist. The Tour de France course is different every year. For the first time ever, the race begins today in Porto Vecchio, Corsica and will finish on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France. Set on a lavender background, Google's animated Tour de France logo includ [...]

Google Hasn’t Gone Rainbow For DOMA & Prop 8 Rulings But Has, As Usual, For Gay Pride Month

google-rainbow-colors-featured My twitter stream is alive with people celebrating two important victories for gay rights today. They're also noticing that searches for things like "gay" on Google are bringing up a rainbow-colored search box. That's not Google celebrating the news, however. It's Google's traditional celebration of Pride Month for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). The US Supreme Court overturned the Defense Of Marriage Act today and chose not to reverse a lower court's ruling against California's Proposition 8, which sought to make marriage by gays illegal. As you might expect, pe [...]

Google Logo Celebrates 161st Birthday Of Spanish Architect Antoni Gaudi

Today's Google homepage is dedicated to Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, the leader of Catalan Modernism. Born in 1852, Gaudi's hometown in Catalonia, Spain is rumored to be Reus or Riudoms. An artist of many trades, including ceramics, stained glass, wrought ironwork forging and carpentry, Gaudi's work was largely influenced by nature and religion, earning him the nickname, "God's Architect." Gaudi's most famous work is the Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic Church located in Barcelona, Spain. While construction on the Sagrada Familia began in 1882, Gaudi did not become involved in the proje [...]

Google Celebrates 2013 Gay Pride Month With Rainbow Search Box For LGBT Searches

Google Pride 13 For a number of years, Google has recognized Gay Pride Month by adding gay pride-inspired art to the Google search box on the results page of LGBT searches. This year, Google is marking Gay Pride Month 2013 with a 3D-styled rainbow encasing the search box: Google's past support for Gay Pride month include rainbow-themed search boxes for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Along with the rainbow search bar, Google has created a Google Pride logo and will host the Google 8th Annual Pride Parade on June 30 in San Francisco, Chicago, New York City and Dublin. [...]

Google Makes Splash With Christoph Niemann Illustration To Mark Summer Solstice 2013

Google Doodle summer Today's Google Doodle by Christoph Niemann marks the summer solstice for searchers in the Northern Hemisphere with an animated illustration of five swimmers in Google-logo colored swimming caps, bobbing along on a wave that splashes back and forth. Google users in the Southern Hemisphere get their own Google Doodle to mark the first day of their winter solstice with an animated image of a scarf being knitted in the same Google-logo inspired colors. Both animated doodles were created by famed German illustrator and graphic designer Christoph Niemann, the author of several children [...]

Google’s Father’s Day Logo

t-google-fathers-day-2013-1532005-hp-1371387736 Happy Father's Day, everyone! Google has a special Google logo, aka Doodle, for the day. It is an interactive slot-machine type of Doodle that matches up the diverse set of fathers around the world. Here is a video of the logo: Here is a static image of the logo: [...]

Google Doodles Where The Wild Things Are For Maurice Sendak’s 85th Birthday

google-maurice-sendaks-logo-1370866475 Beloved children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak is being celebrated today on Google's home page with an animated Doodle showcasing the author's work. Users can click the play icon to view an animated wheel of Sendak's characters. Born June 10, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, Sendak would have been 85 years old today. He passed just over a year ago from a stroke in Danbury, Connecticut. Here is a video of the Doodle: The last screen of the Google logo today celebrates the 85th birthday with many of the characters all standing together for the celebration. The New [...]

Google Celebrates Julius Richard Petri 161st Birthday With Petri Dish Doodle

Julius R. Petri Google is giving a nod to science today by commemorating Famed German bacteriologist Julius Richard Petri's 161st birthday with a Google Doodle. Petri is credited with the invention of the Petri dish which he created while working as an assistant to bacteriologist Robert Koch in Berlin. The Google logo has been replaced with six animated Petri dishes, all in Google colors along with a play  button. After clicking the play button, viewers can watch the dishes being swabbed with a q-tip, followed by bacteria forming the Google letters in each dish. Hovering over the dishes brings up a small [...]

2013 Doodle 4 Google Winner Showcases Heartfelt Reunion Between A Soldier & His Daughter

Doodle 4 Google 2013 winner The 2013 Doodle 4 Google National winner was announced today on Google's Official Blog. Selected out of 130,000 submissions based on the theme, "My Best Day Ever...", the winning drawing by Sabrina Brady of Sparta, Wisconsin tells the story of being reunited with her father after his 18-month deployment as a soldier in Iraq. As this year's National Winner, Sabrina's doodle will be featured tomorrow on Google's homepage, and Sabrina will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a Chromebook computer and a $50,000 technology grant for her school. Currently a senior at Sparta High School, Sabrin [...]

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