Ever jump online to search “should I be worried about this rash” or “what is the Prime Minister’s middle name” to find that the famous colourful Google logo has transformed?
That’s called a Google Doodle, and it’s the work of a team of illustrators (called doodlers) and engineers employed by the search engine giant to come up with fun, surprising ways to change the logo – usually to celebrate landmark events, anniversaries, holidays and the lives of famous scientists, artists and pioneers.
We’ve compiled a list of our 10 favourite STEM themed Google Doodles for you to peruse – and did you know you can suggest Google Doodle ideas by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org?
10 April 2019: Scientists release first image of a black hole
5 April 2019: Hedwig Kohn’s 132nd birthday
Pioneering physicist Hedwig Kohn earned her doctorate in 1913, and went on to become one of only three women certified to teach physics at a German university before World War II.
Can you find all the Google letters in this awesome science doodle?
12 March 2019: Celebrating 30 years of the World Wide Web
10 December 2012: Ada Lovelace’s 197th birthday
Read more: Ada Lovelace, enchantress of numbers
23 February 2017: 7 earth-sized planets discovered
On this day NASA announced the biggest batch of Earth-sized, habitable-zone planets ever discovered. Just one reason why scientists think our eventually discovering alien life is pretty much a given.
13 November 2009: The discover of water on the moon
Apparently it took Google Doodler Jennifer Hom a total of 4 hours to put this stunning image together to celebrate the discover of water on our moon. “It was an exciting day for a doodler and the world of science!” she said.
7 December 2016: 340th Anniversary of the Determination of the Speed of Light
It’s 299 792 458 metres per second, FYI – thanks Google.
8 November 2010: The discovery of X-Rays
We see right through what you did there, Google!
12 November 2018: Alexander Borodin’s 185th birthday
We love this STEM + X, 19th Century style! Alexander Borodin left an important legacy both in the fields of organic chemistry and classical music composition, perfectly captured in this fun Google Doodle.
11 February 2011: Thomas Edison’s birthday
Author: Gemma Chilton
Gemma has a degree in journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney and spent a semester studying environmental journalism in Denmark. She has been writing about science and engineering for over a decade.