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25 amazing people celebrated by Google

Since 2002, Google has honored 25 historical people with custom-made versions of the Google logo, displayed for one day on the Google homepage.

Judging by the people Google have selected so far, don’t expect any WWF wrestling stars to show up anytime soon. It’s an elite collection of highly influential scientists, artist and architects who have made their mark on human history and culture.

Here they are, all 25 of them, in reverse chronological order.

René Magritte

(1898 – 1967) Belgian surrealist artist, famous for his often witty and amusing images.

Shown on the Google homepage on November 21, 2008.

Marc Chagall

(1887 – 1985) Russian Jewish modernist artist. He was a pioneer of modernism and one of the most successful artists of the twentieth century.

Shown on the Google homepage on July 7, 2008.

Diego Velázquez

(1599 – 1660) Spanish painter and portrait artist, many of his famous paintings depicting scenes of historical and cultural significance, royalty and notable European figures of the time.

Shown on the Google homepage on June 6, 2008.

Walter Gropius

(1883 – 1969) German architect, founder of Bauhaus and a pioneer of modern architecture.

Shown on the Google homepage on May 18, 2008.

Alexander Graham Bell

(1847 – 1922) Scientist and inventor famous for, among other things, inventing the telephone.

Shown on the Google homepage on March 3, 2008.

Luciano Pavarotti

(1935 – 2007) Italian opera singer, part of “The Three Tenors” and one of the world’s most famous vocal artists.

Shown on the Google homepage on October 12, 2007.

Yuri Gagarin

(1934 – 1968) Soviet cosmonaut who was the first man in space and the first to orbit Earth.

Shown on the Google homepage on April 12, 2007.

Edvard Munch

(1863 – 1944) Norwegian symbolist painter, known for his expressionistic art. His painting The Scream is one of the most recognizable in all art (and indeed the one Google used as basis for the themed logo).

Shown on the Google homepage on December 12, 2006.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

(1859 – 1930) British author mostly known for his novels about Sherlock Holmes, one of the most famous fictional characters of all time.

Shown on the Google homepage on May 22, 2006.

Percival Lowell

(1855 – 1916) American astronomer (among other things) famous for his study of Mars and founder of the Lowell Observatory, which after his death discovered Pluto.

Shown on the Google homepage on March 13, 2006.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

(1756 – 1791) Austrian musical prodigy and one of the most popular classical composers of all time.

Shown on the Google homepage on January 27, 2006.

Martin Luther King Jr.

(1929 – 1968) African American minister, probably most famous for his work against racial segregation and discrimination, which also earned him the Nobel Peace Prize.

Shown on the Google homepage on January 16, 2006. Google has a themed logo every Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Louis Braille

(1809 – 1852) The inventor of braille, a widely used reading and writing system for the blind and visually impaired (he was blind himself).

Shown on the Google homepage on January 4, 2006.

Frank Lloyd Wright

(1867 – 1959) American architect and interior designer. The American Institute of Architecture has named him “the greatest American architect of all time”.

Shown on the Google homepage on June 8, 2005.

Leonardo da Vinci

(1452 – 1519) Italian polymath, doing groundbreaking work as a scientist, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter and more. Often described the archetypal Renaissance man and one of the most widely talented people of all time.

Shown on the Google homepage on April 15, 2005.

Vincent van Gogh

(1853 – 1890) Dutch Post-Impressionist artist and a pioneer of Expressionism. And yes, he’s the one who cut off part of his own ear.

Shown on the Google homepage on March 30, 2005.

Ray Charles

(1930 – 2004) American pianist and soul singer. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him as number two on its list of the 100 greatest singers of all time.

Shown on the Google homepage on September 23, 2004.

Gaston Julia

(1893 – 1978) French mathematician who devised the formula for the Julia set, common for generating fractals.

Shown on the Google homepage on February 3, 2004.

Alfred Hitchcock

(1899 – 1980) British film director and producer, a pioneer of the suspense and psychological thriller genres. He is one of the best-known filmmakers of all time.

Shown on the Google homepage on August 13, 2003.

M. C. Escher

(1898 – 1972) Dutch graphic artist, famous for his mathematically inspired images of impossible constructions and geometric figures.

Shown on the Google homepage on June 16, 2003.

Albert Einstein

(1879 – 1955) German theoretical physicist, best known for his theory of relativity but contributed greatly to multiple fields within physics, for which he also received the Nobel Prize in Physics. He is regarded as one of the most influential people in human history.

Shown on the Google homepage on March 14, 2003.


(1475 – 1564) Italian painter, sculptor, architect and engineer. Together with Leonardo da Vinci, he is often cited as the archetypal Renaissance man.

Shown on the Google homepage on March 6, 2003.

Pablo Picasso

(1881 – 1973) Andalusian-Spanish painter and sculptor. Famous for (among other things) founding the Cubist movement. He also has one of the longest full names we’ve ever seen. Try this on for size: Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso.

Shown on the Google homepage on October 25, 2002.

Andy Warhol

(1928 – 1987) American artist and illustrator and a well-known figure in the Pop Art movement. In addition to his many works of art, he is also famous for being the originator of the concept of “15 minutes of fame”.

Shown on the Google homepage on August 6, 2002.

Piet Mondrian

(1872 – 1944) Dutch painter and an important contributor to the abstract De Stijl art movement.

Shown on the Google homepage on March 7, 2002.

Now, one wonders, who’s next in line to get his/her own Google logo? Any ideas? :)

Image source: Google.


Is it me or does Google seem to have a soft spot for Dutch artists?

Couldn’t they have included at least ONE woman? :(

Why not a single woman?

It is a historical mistake to say that Graham Bell invented the phone.

In wikipedia, for the article: Invention of the telephone…

“Meucci was recognized as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States House of Representatives in House Resolution 269 dated 11 June 2002.”

Thx for the compilation !

Don’t forget the Miro logo, which his family claimed it was a copyright violation:
shame on them!

Where are the women? That’s such a mistake, and so typical.

Women don’t use Google! that’s why! …if women used google they would stop asking stupid questions like these!

Yeah, Fred… women don’t use Google… right. By the way, you must be a devil with the ladies! *eyeroll*

I like the work of Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes. She is inspired by the natural beauty of Brazil and produces smooth, colorful, abstract work with her unique painting technique……and that would take care of the ‘no women’ thing :P

A woman should be in this list, not because it would be politically correct to do so, but because she deserves it.

I hate it when people asks companies to be politically correct.

One woman who deserves to be there is Marie Curie, french physicist and chemist, who worked on radioactivity and won a nobel prize, along with her husband.

I like the Vincent van Gogh one but I guess they must have forgotten the version of Salvador Dali

I agree with heri, Marie Curie, born in Poland, is one of the most important persons of History, she was the first person to win TWO Nobel Prizes.

Good work. Maybe Mahatama Gandhi, Mother Teresa will be considered in the not too distant future. They also changed many lives. Cheers

Georgia O’Keeffe would be a magnificent choice. She’s a famous and influential artist with an immediately recognizable visual style.

Mary Shelley and Frankenstein would be great Hallowe’en theme

Maya Lin, the architect

Maria Callas, the opera singer and one of the most beautiful women of her time, or Marion Anderson (contralto who helped break the racial barriers in classical song)

Martha Graham, the dancer

Clara Barton, founder of the Red Cross

Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing practice

Amelia Earhart

All women of great statue who deserve recognition in their own right, not just for the sake of inclusion

Including a woman for the sake of gender equality would be retarded and offensive, especially so to the many women who have achieved so much.

There are many accomplished women artists/scientists/visionaries who merit inclusion, but let them be included on merit, not just for the sake of forced parity.

Also, Google is a private company, they could put Goebbels on their logo if they wanted to (apologies to Godwin).

I agree with D. Women should be included in this list for merit, not “just because she is women”

I personnaly did not see these images on Google, but I think they appered without any explanations. So, the person should be very popular (in historical sense) – I meen you should remember who is it in a moment, just because logo is the style of that painter, for example.

So the women should very popular too – I think only Mother Theresa might be recognized in moment. (Well, as for me, Maria Curie is a good choise too, but could I recognize her formulas? no…)

And, well, Lord – Mahathma Gandi was men, not women :)

They also honored Roald Dahl, a famous children English Writer, on his birthday, so this list isn’t complete :)

I liked it. I really enjoy, especially, the themed-logo’s that Google designs. It’s very clever. Big ups to Google, a bunch of tech-savvy, open-minded hippie nerds who seem to be making the world a more interesting and better place!

Warhol, Picasso, Van Gogh, Munch and Chagall do not have enough talent to be on here. Ask any professional artist. They’re all basically products of their time, ESPECIALLY PICASSO. I think most people can grasp this easily, by objectively looking at their work. Lists like these continue to confuse people into believing their work is “good”. It’s not and it never was. Product of their time.

[Having said that, I do like looking at Warhol, Van Gogh and Munch. I'm just trying to point out how stupid list's like these are.]

How about the wright brothers? the Airplane is a wonderful invention that should be well recognized.

so, are you a professional artist??


May 27th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

That’s pretty cool!


May 27th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I would of added Gandhi but I’m pretty sure they have done that. Also, I would of done maybe louis armstrong for his fine work of jazz and music


May 27th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

@d I so agree with you. This is offensive to the woman nature. I agree with you as well as valentina.


May 27th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

@Laura Nice one.