Nicolaus Copernicus becomes the centre of Google’s universe as the search giant marks astronomer’s 540th birthday
For all his efforts, Nicolaus Copernicus is at the centre of the space-exploration universe. The astronomer, born 540 years ago today, has a crater on the moon and aNASA trajectory system. In 1972, scientists in the U.S. and Britain launched a Copernicus observatory (OAO-3) into orbit.
The Kopernik Space Education Center, perched at the top of a 524 metre foothill in New York, has played host to hundreds of thousands of students eager to learn about astronomy. And, most importantly of all, Captain Kirk and Spock got a lift on the Copernicus shuttle in Star Trek: The Final Frontier.
Tuesday, he added another tribute to his name as Google created a solar system-themed doodle to mark his 540th birthday.
George Ferris and his famous wheels get a Valentine’s Day tribute from Google for the inventor’s 154th birthday
George Ferris’s latest monument is coming in the form of a 210-metres spinning wheel at the centre of a $1.6-billion project in the United Arab Emirates. The “Dubai Eye” will be the world’s biggest Ferris wheel — beating out the London Eye, which stands at a puny 135 metres.
Ferris, who invented the iconic carnival mainstay, was born 154 years ago today. Google joined in the celebration Thursday by creating a doodle in his honour.
Dubai’s giant take on Ferris’s invention is just the latest chapter in a game of one-upmanship that can be traced back to a drawing on Ferris’s napkin in 1891. (Google; New York Times archives)
Mary Leakey, the ‘the grande dame of archeology,’ gets a Google celebration for her 100th birthday
Mary Leakey cemented her status as a giant of archeology in 1959 with one confident cry: “I’ve found him — I’ve found our man!”
She was calling out to her husband, Louis, after coming across a bone protruding from stones during an expedition in Tanzania. “Her man” was an Australopithecus boisei ape — about 1.8 million years old. His was the first fossilized skull ever found from the extinct, human-related species.
Leakey, the “grande dame of archeology,” as author Virginia Morrell put it, would have turned 100 Wednesday. To mark the occasion, Google converted its logo into a tribute to the British archaeologist. (U.S. National Institutes of Health / WikiMedia Commons)
Auguste Rodin’s most famous work, ‘The Thinker,’ celebrated in Google doodle
Auguste Rodin is celebrated in Monday’s Google doodle on his 172nd birthday. Born in 1840, Rodin is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture and is one of the few sculptors known to the general non-arts community.
Most of Rodin’s work celebrated the realistic physicality of his subjects, which was a break from the styles at the time.
Five facts about Peter Carl Fabergé and his famous eggs on his 166th birthday
1. Peter Carl Fabergé — the legendary Russian jeweler — was born 166 years ago today, which places his life at the very end of the Czarist era of Russian history. Fabergé was most famous for his ornately jeweled and priceless Easter eggs that were produced through his company, The House of Fabergé, which he took over from his father.
Howard Carter celebrated in today’s Google Doodle
Famously, several of Carter’s team — including his sponsor Lord Carnarvon — died mysteriously in the years following his discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, although a 2002 study found their death rate was statistically normal.
Keith Haring’s pop art celebrated in today’s Google Doodle
Keith Haring — whose iconic cartoons came to define New York’s art scene in the 1980s — got his own Google Doodle today.
Haring was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, May 4, 1958 — 54 years ago today. He died in 1990 from complications due to AIDS. He was 31 years old.
His drawings, with their bold lines and bright colours, were “an expression of the optimistic indulgence of this period,” art historian Natalie E. Phillips wrote, “a representation of the New York club scene as well as homoerotic currents, and a visual tool for the campaign against AIDS.”