Image On Google Doodle Celebrates Louis Daguerres

Image On Google Doodle Celebrates Louis Daguerres

We always like to keep readers informed when a Google Doodle appears on the Google homepage. Recent examples have included one to commemorate Edmond Halley, a Halloween special, and another in honor of scientist Marie Curie. Today’s Google Doodle is to mark what would have been the 224th birthday of Louis Daguerres, a French physicist who invented the Daguerreotype.

The daguerreotype became the first commercially successful method of getting permanent pictures from a camera. The Google Doodle is in the style of an old black-and-white family portrait, particularly fitting as Daguerreotypes were often portraits. The heads of the family in the portrait have been replaced with the letters that spell out Google apart from the ‘L’ which is depicted by a lamp. Louis Daguerre (full name Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre) was born on November 18, 1787 in Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France.

Although he started his professional life as a designer and painter, his invention of the Daguerreotype, unveiled in 1839, was a real breakthrough. He managed this with by exposing copper plates to iodine, light and mercury vapor, which was the first time a permanent image could be captured, rather than fading as had happened previously. The Telegraph reports though, that writer Robert Leggatt said that the invention was accidental after Daguerre “put an exposed plate in a chemical cupboard in 1835 only to later find it had developed a latent image.”

According to Wikipedia, Daguerre died on July 10, 1851 of a heart attack in Bry-Sur-Marne near Paris. His name is one of only 72 inscribed on the famous Eiffel Tower. We’d like to hear what you think about today’s Google Doodle and in fact the work of Louis Daguerre. Could he possibly have imagined that his Daguerreotype invention would be so important to the world? Let us have your comments by using the box below.

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