Google Doodles Thomas Edison On 164th Birthday

Today Google Doodle marks the 164th Birthday of Thomas Edison. On the occasion of Thomas Edison 164th Birthday the Google logo portrays some of the famous inventions of the scientist. This includes phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.

Clicking the specially-redesigned Google logo (gif image) initiates search term “Thomas Edison,” and showing articles, Wikipedia entries and other notes about the American inventor. Take a look by visiting the search engine homepage and see if you can list his other inventions on the logo (or watch it LIVE above).

The animated image Doodle shows a blinking light bulb in the place of the letter L, the incandescent light bulb was one of Edison’s most important inventions and revolutionized the way people lit their homes and more importantly paved the way for more inventions and technology. You can see the permalink of this Thomas Edition doodle here.

The Doodle has moving belts, a flashing light bulb and other moving elements but it is all done in a nostalgic way – a fitting tribute to a man who gave birth to the earliest versions of today’s modern marvels.

Dubbed “The Wizard of Menlo Park” by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large teamwork to the process of invention, and therefore is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

This Google Doodle is possibly to remind us of his last words shortly before his death, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. He is credited with numerous inventions that contributed to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications.

Thomas Edison was also among the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and team work. Thomas Edison is often attributed for the creation of Industrial Research laboratory.

Google Doodle on Thomas Edison’s 164th birthday also reminds us of some of his other inventions like, The Voting Machine, The Talking Doll and Electric Car Battery. Edison had also claimed to have been working on the Phone For Ghost. He claimed that it will help people hear to the dead. Till his death the invention was not made though.

Interestingly, Google estimates it has created more than 900 doodles since 1998, with 270 of them running in 2010. Some appear globally, and others are tailored for local markets outside the US, such as Kenya Independence Day.

Some of the other famous “things” previously featured by Google Doodles are Flintstones, X-Ray, Bouncing Balls and the Bucky Ball. Aside from famous personalities, technological discoveries and fictional characters, Google also uses the “Doodle” to celebrate holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Eve.


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