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Every Person Who Has Been Immortalized in a Google Doodle

List RulesAll people who have been in Google Doodles, listed by most recent.

Who are the most influential people in history? Here's a good place to start. This is a list of every person who has ever been immortalized in a Google Doodle, in order from the very first to the most recent. The first Google Doodle appeared on on August 30, 1998, in honor of Burning Man, surprising visitors to the search engine homepage. It wasn't until 2001 that the very first real person was commemorated. In November of that year, a Google Doodle honored Claude Monet, artistically drawn in the style of the painter's famous water lilies. For more than a decade since, Google has celebrated artists, inventors, poets, musicians, activists, mathematicians, scientists, singers, architects, and hundreds of other people who have made positive contributions to the world as we know it. Every famous person who has been in a Google Doodle is listed in the order in which his or her Doodle appeared on the famous website, along with the date—or multiple dates, when applicable. While most of these cool and interesting people were honored on their birthdays, many others have been recognized on important anniversaries of their work. There is also a picture of each person's Google Doodle, and videos for important men and women like Freddie Mercury, Jules Verne, and Maya Angelou, whose Doodles were interactive. 

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    January 8, 2022

    Stephen William Hawking (8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018) was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. He was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2009. His scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and  ...more
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Professor, Screenwriter, Scientist
    • Age: Dec. at 76 (1942-2018)
    • Birthplace: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK

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    Julio Garavito Armero

    Photo: Google

    January 5, 2022

    Julio Garavito Armero (January 5, 1865 – March 11, 1920) was a Colombian astronomer.  ...more
    • Profession: Astronomer
    • Age: Dec. at 55 (1865-1920)
    • Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia
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    Carrie Best

    Photo: Google

    December 17, 2021

    Carrie M. Best, (March 4, 1903 – July 24, 2001) was a Black Canadian journalist and social activist.  ...more
    • Profession: Journalist
    • Age: Dec. at 98 (1903-2001)
    • Birthplace: New Glasgow, Canada
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    December 17, 2021

    Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise du Châtelet (French pronunciation: [emili dy ʃɑtlɛ] (listen); 17 December 1706 – 10 September 1749) was a French natural philosopher, mathematician, physicist, and author during the early 1730s until her untimely death due to childbirth in 1749. Her most recognized achievement is her translation of and commentary on Isaac Newton's book Principia containing basic laws of physics. The translation, published posthumously in 1759, is still considered the standard French translation today. Her commentary includes a profound contribution to Newtonian mechanics—the postulate of an additional conservation law for total energy, of which kinetic  ...more
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Writer
    • Age: Dec. at 42 (1706-1749)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France