It seems Google Doodle’s are like busses at the moment, you wait ages for one and then two come along at the same time (in this case on concurrent days). Today it’s the turn of Richard Trevithick, a Cornish Inventor famed for perfecting the high pressure steam engine. Today would have been his 240th Birthday and Google has yet again helped the world celebrate his special day.
The Doodle replaces the standard logo with a steam engine complete with parts that make out the letters of Google. The two letter O’s have been replaced with a red and yellow cog whilst the second g appears to be a water tank/steam vessel. The letter L is a chimney, it’s all rather clever even though it’s a static image.
When Richard was 33 the very first locomotive powered railway journey occurred at the Penydarren Iron Works near Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, UK. He enjoyed earlier success with the Puffing Devil steam powered road loco which carried several men up Fore Street.
After witnessing Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Thames Tunnel collapse, which almost killed Brunel, Trevithick suggested a new way to build underground tunnels. His ‘tube tunnel’ was not used until 70 years after his death; engineers sank a sealed tube into the Michigan River creating the first submerged road of its kind in the world. This process is still be used today.
Richard Trevithick influenced a great deal of industries with his steam powered machines, they were used to manufacture cannons, excavate buildings, transport and extensive inventions in nautical engineering. The man was a true genius and today’s Doodle goes some way to mark his achievements and raise awareness of his legacy. Happy Birthday Mr. Trevithick.