Jules Gabriel Verne Google Doodle Marks 183rd Birthday

Posted on Feb 8 2011 - 12:22am by Richard Sharp

Google users will logon today to reveal a brand new Doodle celebrating the life and work of Jules Verne, a French author who is widely regarded as being the father of Science Fiction. His book Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea was penned in 1870 and seems to be the inspiration for today’s Google Doodle.

Jules Gabriel Verne was born on February 8th, 1828 in Nates, France. Today would be his 183rd birthday and he would have wanted us to celebrate his extensive works which have been given the ultimate online tribute in the form of this Google Doodle. Users can use the joy stick to dive into the dark blue depths of the ocean, exploring the sea life and creatures that featured in the story.


Verne has over 54 known titles with some of the most famous ones being Five Weeks in a Balloon, Paris in the 20th Century, From the Earth to the Moon and The Survivors of the Jonathan – his last book.

This latest doodle is one of a number that have paid tribute to famous people; the last big one was Paul Cezane with others including Jane Austen and Robert Louis Stevenson. Unlike the others today’s is animated to mimic the rocking of a submarine which can be controlled with the lever on the right – hence the link to Twenty Thousand Leagues under the sea.

Which is your favourite Jules Verne story and what do you think about today’s doodle? Did you spot the Kraken?

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  1. Oxter Infotech Priva February 8, 2011 at 9:24 am - Reply

    This is one of the highest birthday honor to Mr. Jules Verne from Google. The Google Doodle really looks great and nice blogging it !

  2. Richard Sharp February 20, 2011 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Happy birthday Constantin Brancusi, even if it is a belated one

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