Google Doodle Celebrates 161st anniversary of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick

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Herman Melville’s Moby Dick London: A white sperm whale looms on the background of the Google doodle for October 18 that commemorates the 161st anniversary of the publication of Herman Melville’s landmark novel Moby-Dick.

The focus of today’s Google Doodle is on Herman Melville who is best known for his novel “Moby-Dick”. Herman Melville was born in New York City on the 1st of August 1819 and he died on September 28, 1891.

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is a novel was written by Herman Melville, it was first published in 1851.

Moby-Dick is considered to be one of the Great American Novels and a treasure of world literature. The story of Moby-Dick tells of the adventures of wandering sailor Ishmael, and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab has one purpose on this voyage: to seek out Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab’s boat and bit off his leg, which now drives Ahab to take revenge.


Google Doodle celebrates 161st anniversary of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick


If you’ve never read Herman Melville’s Moby Dick or want to discover it in a new way, Plymouth University are currently running an interesting campaign; ‘Moby Dick The Big Read’.

The campaign sees the daily online release of chapters recorded by a host of international and national celebrities including, Stephen Fry, Sir David Attenborough, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton. The audio will be accompanied by images from some of the biggest names in the contemporary art world, including Gavin Turk, Anish Kapoor and Susan Hiller. The campaign launched back in September so is currently up to Chapter 32 (Cetelogy, Read by Martin Atril) find out more and listen along here.


Google Doodle Celebrates Howard Carter’s 138th Birthday

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Tomb-of-TutankhamunToday Google is celebrating his 138th birthday with a beautiful doodle on their homepage showing the world once again a great person who lived in this world and made a huge discovery in his time..

Howard Carter was an English archaeologist and Egyptologist, noted as a primary discoverer of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Howard Carter was born in London, England, the son of Samuel Carter, a skilled artist, who trained him to follow in his footsteps.

In 1891, at the age of 17, a talented young artist, he was sent out to Egypt by the Egypt Exploration Fund to assist Percy Newberry in the excavation and recording of Middle Kingdom tombs at Beni Hasan. Even at that young age he was innovative in improving the methods of copying tomb decoration. In 1892 he worked under the tutelage of Flinders Petrie for one season at Amarna, the capital founded by the pharaoh Akhenaten. From 1894 to 1899 he then worked with Édouard Naville at Deir el-Bahari, where he recorded the wall reliefs in the temple of Hatshepsut.

Howard Carter’s 138th Birthday – Google Doodle

Google Doodle Howard Carters 138 Birthday

In 1899, Carter was appointed the first chief inspector of the Egyptian Antiquities Service (EAS). He supervised a number of excavations at Thebes before he was transferred in 1904 to the Inspectorate of Lower Egypt. Carter resigned from the Antiquities Service in 1905 after an enquiry into an affray between Egyptian site guards and a group of French tourists in which he sided with the Egyptian personnel.

He died of lymphoma, a type of cancer, in Kensington, London, on 2 March 1939 at the age of 64. Carter is buried in the Putney Vale Cemetery in London. On his gravestone is written: “May your spirit live, May you spend millions of years, You who love Thebes, Sitting with your face to the north wind, Your eyes beholding happiness” and “O night, spread thy wings over me as the imperishable stars”.



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Google Doodle Celebrates Eadweard J.Muybridge’s 182nd Birthday

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Google doodle page today again changed in accordance with the observed moment. Today is April 9, 2012, coinciding with Eadweard J. Muybridge's 182nd Birthday, google doodle also celebrate.

Google Doodle for Eadweard J. Muybridge's 182nd Birthday


About Eadweard J. Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard J. Muybridge (9 April 1830 – 8 May 1904) was an English photographer of Dutch ancestry who spent much of his life in the United States. He is known for his pioneering work on animal locomotion which used multiple cameras to capture motion, and his zoopraxiscope, a device for projecting motion pictures that pre-dated the flexible perforated film strip.


Born Edward James Muggeridge, he changed his name several times early in his US career. First he changed his forenames to the Spanish equivalent Eduardo Santiago, perhaps because of the Spanish influence on Californian place names. His surname appears at times as Muggridge and Muygridge (possibly due to misspellings), and Muybridge from the 1860s.

In the 1870s he changed his first name again to Eadweard, to match the spelling of King Edward shown on the plinth of the Kingston coronation stone, which was re-erected in Kingston in 1850. His name remained Eadweard Muybridge for the rest of his career. However, his gravestone bears a further variant, Eadweard Maybridge.

He used the pseudonym Helios (Greek god of the sun) on many of his photographs, and also as the name of his studio and his son's middle name.



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