Google doodle changed for Sandford Fleming
Google has finally changed its doodle. Today’s Google doodle is dedicated to Sandford Fleming, the Scottish Canadian inventor who proposed the worldwide standard time as we know today at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute way back in 1879.
This day, January 7 marks Fleming’s 190th birth anniversary. Today’s beautiful doodle is
designed by Sophie Diao, has a steam engine alongside different clocks showing different time zones and a postage stamp featuring Fleming.
Google mentioned that before the invention of the standard time zones, regions had used solar time to set their own clocks. Indeed this is true, but when trains came along travelling from one country to the other, the system had to be altered.
Apart from this, Fleming was in favour of dividing the world into 24 time zones beginning at the Greenwich Meridian and spaced at 15 degree intervals.
What he want is a single 24-hour clock that could eliminate the troubles of different time zones.
Sandford Fleming’s contributions
Indeed, this is true that Sandford Fleming has contributed a lot. Fleming’s contributions in building the Canadian Pacific Railway remains etched in history.
He is also known for creating the Royal Canadian Institute in 1849 which went on to become a scientific society.
As Google Doodle is celebrating the iconic engineer’s 190th birthday here are some facts you should know about Sanford Fleming:
1. Famous engineer Fleming, who gained reputation as one of the primary railway engineers of his age, was also in-charge of the initial survey of the first Canadian railway roaming across the continent — Canadian Pacific Railway.
2. He also designed the first Canadian postage stamp which were issued in 1851.
3. Not only this he also founded the Royal Canadian Institute in 1849, which grew into a world renowned center for scientists.
4. After retiring from Canadian Pacific Railways in 1880, Fleming was appointed as the Chancellor of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and spent time in scientific projects and writing. Therefore he was a brilliant engineer.