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Google Doodle Commemorates William John Swainson Birthday

Oct 8 2013, 9:29am CDT | by , in News | Other Stuff

Google Doodle Commemorates William John Swainson Birthday

An aesthetically pleasing Google doodle found its way on the main page of the search engine. It commemorates the birthday of naturalist William John Swainson who lived over 200 years ago.

The 224th birthday of the famous bird expert and natural historian, William John Swainson is being celebrated today by Google. In memory of this wonderful and slightly eccentric genius, a Google doodle has been rolled out. It consists of beautiful illustrations of birds, insects and shells he made during the times in which he lived.

The fine images this curious man so painstakingly made so long ago are a source of delight and curiosity among the seekers of knowledge today. The drawings in the doodle include that of a colorful Moluccan King Parrot which stands out due to its prominence. Swainson was an honorable scion of the Royal Society. He became well-known for his illustrative compendium as well as his vocal views on science. 

The man was a classic example of genius in conflict. He explored the jungles of South America. There he began collecting rare species of insects and exotic plants. He also made sketches of all sorts of tropical fish and gathered avian skins. He was a pioneer in the usage of lithography. 

Due to his unorthodox opinions, he earned the harsh words of several critics. Later on Swainson moved to Australia where he took up Botany (a subject he had never delved into before). Swainson was extremely interested in wildlife and Nature in the raw. He has left behind a precious legacy that will amuse and inform many people who are fascinated by the natural world.

Source: The Independent

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