Eadweard J Muybridge in Google doodle

Posted In Google - By NitiN Kumar Jain On Monday, April 9th, 2012 With 0 Comments

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Wondering what those galloping horses are doing above Google search box today? The horses in Google doodle come to life the moment one clicks on the play button, celebrate the 182nd birth anniversary of legendary photographer Eadweard James Muybridge.

Eadweard was an English photographer who spent much of his working life in the United States. He is known for his pioneering work on animal locomotion in 1877 and 1878, which used multiple cameras to capture motion in stop-action photographs.

The galloping horse shown in today’s doodle was part of an experiment called ‘Sallie Gardner at a Gallop’. The purpose of the photograph was to put to rest the debate over whether a horse’s all four hooves get off the ground at the same time while it trots. Muybridge proved this through his series of 24 photographs shown on his Zoopraxiscope.

Known by several names, Muybridge was born as “Edward James Muggerid”. He changed his name several times, before finally settling for “Eadweard J Muybridge”.

Here’s the doodle: