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Every Person Who Has Been Immortalized in a Google Doodle

Updated November 20, 2020 60.8k views1.3k items

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. 

  • Benoit Mandelbrot
    Video: YouTube

    November 20, 2020

    Benoit B.  Mandelbrot  (20 November 1924 – 14 October 2010) was a Polish-born, French and American mathematician and polymath with broad interests in the practical sciences, especially regarding what he labeled as "the art of roughness" of physical phenomena and "the uncontrolled element in life". He referred to himself as a "fractalist" and is recognized for his contribution to the field of fractal geometry, which included coining the word "fractal", as well as developing a theory of "roughness and self-similarity" in nature.In 1936, while he was a child, Mandelbrot's family emigrated to France from Warsaw, Poland. After World War II ended, Mandelbrot studied mathematics, graduating from... more on Wikipedia
    • Profession: Mathematician, Professor, Scientist
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1924-2010)
    • Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic
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    Fanny Eaton

    Fanny Eaton
    Photo: Google

    November 18, 2020

    Fanny Eaton (23 June 1835 – 4 March 1924) was a Jamaican-born artist's model and domestic worker. She is best known as a model for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their circle in England between 1859 and 1867.

    • Profession: Artist's Model, Domestic Worker
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1835-1924)
    • Birthplace: St. Andrew, Surrey, Jamaica
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    Eliška Junková

    Eliška Junková
    Photo: Google

    November 16, 2020

    Eliška Junková (16 November 1900 – 5 January 1994), born Alžběta Pospíšilová and also known as Elisabeth Junek, was a Czechoslovak automobile racer. She is regarded as one of the greatest female drivers in Grand Prix motor racing history, and is the first woman to win a Grand Prix event.... more on Wikipedia
    • Profession: Race car driver
    • Age: Dec. at 94 (1900-1994)
    • Birthplace: Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • Jacques Brel
    Photo: Google

    November 15, 2020

    Jacques Romain Georges Brel (French pronunciation: ​[ʒak ʁomɛ̃ ʒɔʁʒ bʁɛl] Pronunciation ; 8 April 1929 – 9 October 1978) was a Belgian singer, songwriter, actor and director who composed and performed literate, thoughtful, and theatrical songs that generated a large, devoted following—initially in Belgium and France, later throughout the world. He is considered a master of the modern chanson. Although he recorded most of his songs in French and occasionally in Dutch, he became an influence on English-speaking songwriters and performers, such as Scott Walker, David Bowie, Alex Harvey, Marc Almond and Rod McKuen. English translations of his songs were recorded by many performers, including:... more on Wikipedia
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Singer-songwriter, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director
    • Age: Dec. at 49 (1929-1978)
    • Birthplace: Schaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium