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Zhou Youguang Google doodle honors Chinese linguist known as the ‘Father of Pinyin’

Today’s Google doodle pays homage to the Chinese linguist Zhou Youguang on what would have been his 112th birthday. Youguang helped create the Chinese phonetic alphabet called Pinyin. He spent three years developing the system of ‘spelled sounds’ that led to the international standard for Romanized Chinese — earning Youguang the title, “Father of Pinyin.” “The new system transformed China’s literacy rate, providing more natural passage into the written language, which...

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Har Gobind Khorana Google doodle celebrates first chemist to construct a synthetic gene

Google is marking what would have been Har Gobind Khorana’s 96th birthday with a doodle to celebrate the Nobel Prize winner’s accomplishments in the field of biochemistry. Born in Raipur, Pakistan, on this date in 1922, Dr. Khorana was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1968 while researching nucleotides at the University of Wisconsin. He and a team of researchers received the award after discovering how the order...

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Robert Koch Google doodle honors German physician awarded the 1905 Nobel Prize in medicine

Today’s Google doodle pays homage to Robert Koch, the German physician and microbiologist credited with ushering in the Golden Age of bacteriology. Instead of marking his birthday, Google is honoring Koch with a doodle on the anniversary of being named the Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine in 1905. “By developing many of the basic principles and techniques of modern bacteriology, he inspired a new generation of scientists and microbe-hunters,...

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Jan Ingenhousz Google doodle marks 287th birthday of scientist behind photosynthesis discovery

Today’s Google doodle recognizes Jan Ingenhousz, the 18th century Netherlands scientist credited with discovering the photosynthesis process. Google notes while scientists were already aware plants produced and absorbed gases, it was Ingenhousz who discovered and published his research on plants producing oxygen in the sunlight and carbon dioxide in the dark. “He published these findings in 1779, significantly influencing further research on plant life in the centuries to follow,” writes the Google...

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Pedro Infante Google doodle marks 100th birthday of iconic Mexican singer & actor

Today’s Google doodle pays homage to the iconic Mexican singer and actor, Pedro Infante. Born in Mazatlán, Mexico, Infante began playing music as part of his father’s band when he was a teenager. “Infante experimented with the style that made him most famous,” writes Google on the Google Doodle blog, “Mixing feeling with technique, his soulful croon forever changed the way the mariachi was sung and he helped popularize the genre...

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S. Chandrasekhar Google doodle honors astrophysicist who won a Nobel Prize for his study of the stars

Today’s Google doodle spotlights the Indian-American astrophysicist and Nobel Prize winner Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar on what would have been his 107th birthday. As a result of his work studying the evolution of stars, Chandrasekhar found The Chandrasekhar Limit, the theory that a star’s mass will determine whether a star becomes a white dwarf, a black hole or a supernova explosion. From the Google Doodle Blog: The limit explains that when a star’s mass is...

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