Google's Thomas Edison 164th Birthday Logo

Feb 11, 2011 • 8:05 am | comments (49) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Logos

Today is Thomas Edison's 164th birthday. Thomas Edison was one of the world's most famous inventors. Some of his inventions include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and an electric light bulb. He has 1,093 U.S. patents under his belt making him one of the, if not the, most achieved inventors of all time.

To celebrate his birthday, Google has posted an animated logo appreciating some of his more well-known inventions. The logo contains old-fashioned, patent-like diagrams of his inventions, including the electric lightbulb, the phonograph and the motion picture camera.

Here is the animated version:

Google : Thomas Edison's 164th Birthday

I actually spent a lot of time nearby where he lived and worked. He and his family lived at 25 Gramercy Park in New York City, right near the old Baruch College, City University of New York, where I went to undergrad. So I parked right near his old home fairly often.

In any event, we also posted a special theme for Edison's birthday. Here is a screen shot of the theme:

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02/11/2011 01:19 pm

This is one of my top five google logos.


02/11/2011 01:23 pm

I wonder if they will do the same for NIKOLA TESLA on July 10th!...

Barry Schwartz

02/11/2011 01:23 pm

They did in 2009, see

Craigwall Sales

02/11/2011 01:25 pm

Even better than Jules Verne's. . . his imagination was real!


02/11/2011 01:26 pm



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02/11/2011 01:35 pm

They may, and in the event they were not aware you certainly brought attention to him. More importantly, today is a tribute to Thomas Edison and his great achievements. Enjoy it for him!


02/11/2011 01:39 pm

Tesla was even smarter


02/11/2011 01:42 pm

What about Lewis Latimer? If you're going to talk about the light bulb, you can't simply talk about Thomas Edison and Joseph swan. Even when Edison took the reins of the light bulb, it was still extremely inefficient and too expensive for most people. The carbon wire filament, (generally made of bamboo, paper or thread) inside the bulb burned out quickly causing a need for constant replacement (generally after only a few days). Latimer, a Black inventor and draftsman, developed a way of enclosing the filament in a small cardboard envelope thus preventing the carbon filament from breaking. This gave the light bulb a much longer life making it less expensive and more efficient. As a result of Latimer's invention, electric lighting could now be installed within most homes and throughout most streets. To conclude, even though it's Edison's birthday, it's also Black History Month so give credit where credit is due.


02/11/2011 01:43 pm

thats right Tesla was much much better


02/11/2011 01:43 pm

One of the true and few Genius...wish we could have more like him nowadays


02/11/2011 01:44 pm

Sorry guys. Thomas Edison was not the inventor of the ight bulb. It was Joseph Swan, an englishman. Yes we can credit Edison on making it popular.


02/11/2011 01:44 pm

Best Google Doodle EVER!


02/11/2011 01:45 pm

is it Lewis Latimer birthday? lol


02/11/2011 01:45 pm

Yes Tesla is even smarter, I agree


02/11/2011 01:47 pm

fuck salt!!


02/11/2011 01:49 pm

No one gives a shit. It's Edisons birthday, he invented the filament. Go waste your knowledge on something important.


02/11/2011 01:52 pm

Thank you!!! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY we have great benefits our of your invations


02/11/2011 01:53 pm



02/11/2011 01:54 pm

Think about how far we have come in the last 167 years!


02/11/2011 01:55 pm

i still think its borng


02/11/2011 01:56 pm



02/11/2011 01:59 pm

It is an awesome design! I wish he would have lived to be a 100 so people could talk to him and stuff. : )


02/11/2011 01:59 pm

its 164 years....


02/11/2011 01:59 pm

making him one of, if not the most, achieved inventors of all time -- probably should read "making him one of the, if not the, most achieved inventors of all time" old-fashion patent like diagrams -- should probably read "old-fashioned, patent-like diagrams"


02/11/2011 02:00 pm

WOW! I never knew there so many haters in the comment log! Happy Birthday AND Happy Black History Month!

Barry Schwartz

02/11/2011 02:00 pm

Thanks, fixed.

John Tedsco

02/11/2011 02:01 pm

Thomas Edison really promoted Direct Current whereas Tesla promoted Alternating Current. Think of the mess if Edison had gotten his way with power distribution systems and DC motors with their inherent problems with brushes Etc. With AC, the voltage can be raised to a high level (13800 V or higher) and then be brought back down with another transformer to 115/230 V, or for industrial use to 240/480 V, 2400 V, or even 4160 V for use in large electric motors.


02/11/2011 02:01 pm

So true...


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02/11/2011 02:02 pm

Did Mr Swan make it work reliably or did Mr Edison Johnny

Jeff Popplewell

02/11/2011 02:02 pm

Edison's DC electricity would have been a nightmare to implement on a large scale. Tesla's AC lights the world. He was eventually granted the patent of radio technology over Marconi. His scope of research and discovery dwarfs all his contemporaries and this great polymath contributed in varying degrees to the establishment of robotics, remote control, radar, and computer science, and to the expansion of ballistics, nuclear physics, and theoretical physics. Were Tesla alive today, it is doubtful there would be an energy crisis. Rather than being honored, the man should be lionized.


02/11/2011 02:02 pm



02/11/2011 02:03 pm

Difficult to imagine now how our lives would be without these inventions. Thank you Mr. Edison!


02/11/2011 02:03 pm

"Jim" should prbably read - "douche"


02/11/2011 02:04 pm



02/11/2011 02:05 pm

HAHAHA so true!


02/11/2011 02:05 pm

wow this is cool


02/11/2011 02:06 pm

Thanks for sharing the knowledge. If they are mentioning Joseph Swan then you have to mention Latimer.


02/11/2011 02:06 pm

Boring enough to bother with posting about it? I think the article did its job then.

Da Patent Attorney

02/11/2011 02:11 pm

There were many patents for various light bulbs at the time, and Edison was one of inventors among many others. Edison, however, was not the actual inventor on many of his own patents but did receive the credit as the head boss at Menlo Park (now Edison), NJ. Edison was one of first to successfully make Inventing a Business and paving the way to America's Technological Power, Fame and Fortune like no other in the whole world since. Happy Birthday !

Google Stock

02/11/2011 02:12 pm

Why can't we all just get along and celebrate?


02/11/2011 02:13 pm

Man of great humanitarian benefit of his knowledge in the past, present and future, too Ironically, while studying the basic when he was a child the teacher said to him that he Ainf of the study need to School special needs, but He was the electricity father.

Kamic A'kota

02/11/2011 02:18 pm

Science is wonderful! I really like reading various websites on science like ~Kamic


02/11/2011 02:27 pm

You know it is only once in while we do get someone with such an inventive mind on so many things this out ways all the others you people have injected into our celebration of one man and his achievements, alone were not talking about a blog here but one person not black history, not Mr Swan and not Nikola just the one mans contributions and ideals that have certainly left room for improvement in it all .So why can't you people just leave it alone and not mess it up do not change things that are not yours to change because then it becomes a lie .If it wasn't for EDISON and his experiments then those other guy's wouldn't have had an idea to go with.My HAT IS OFF TO MR EDISON TODAY. I will take it off to the others when it is the honerable time for them. jlelandthomas


02/11/2011 03:18 pm

Does Joseph Swan mean anything to anyone? Apparently, Edison's claim to the light bulb is a long disputed issue, and today's Google Doodle has opened some old wounds:


02/11/2011 03:22 pm

Edison truly invented the 20th. Century. He brought electric light to the world.The phonograph and motion pictures. A true benefactor of mankind.


02/11/2011 11:59 pm

Remind me why are people celebrating a guy that stole or purchased most of "his" ideas from people like Tesla? Just look at the pictures of the guy, he doesn't look that intelligent to begin with, compare him with Tesla and Einstein and he looks like a goof. Should be called "the birthday of the guy who introduced capitalism to technology."

Stacey Cavanagh

02/13/2011 04:56 pm

Of all the logos I've seen Google use... that was probably one of my all time favourites. Second perhaps only to the playable Pacman one, which was just immense!

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