Google celebrates Canadian engineer Sandford Fleming's 190th birthday with doodle
Today, on Google's home page, doodle is celebrating Canadian engineer Sandford Fleming's 190th birth anniversary by depicting a train and clocks showing the time in different world zones. The sketch doodle has been created by Sophie Diao for the internet search engine giant.
The sketch doodle has the Google logo in
the first compartment of the train and boxed sketch of Fleming on the upper
right hand corner and clocks and time zones showing Fleming's system of international
standard time. "Today's Doodle reflects Fleming's legacy on this, the 190th
anniversary of his birth," informs Google.
"It was Ireland in 1876, when a mistake
printed in a timetable caused Sandford Fleming to miss his train but alter time
as we know it. Historically, regions used solar time to set their own clocks.
It worked well enough until trains came along and the need for standardized
time arose, which brings us back to Fleming," informs the accompanying
description with further search
It is added that following his missed
train, Fleming proposed a worldwide standard time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian
Institute on February 8, 1879.
He was instrumental for dividing the world
into 24 time zones beginning at the Greenwich Meridian and spaced at 15 degree
Consequent to his advocacy, the
International Prime Meridian Conference, which was convened in 1884 and
attended by 25 nations, accepted his proposal and Fleming's system of
international standard time was adopted.
He is known for helping build the
Intercontinental Railway, serving as chief engineer of the Canadian Pacific
Railway, and designing Canada's first postage stamp, added Google.