Google Doodle paid tribute to Richard Trevithick, the British inventor who is primarily known for the major role he played during the Industrial Revolution, on his 240th birthday today.
Richard Trevithick was born in 1771 at Tregajorran, UK. His wide range of life-long scientific achievements included many revolutionary inventions such as the high pressure steam engine, the first ever dull scale working railway steam locomotive and many more.
In the later years of his scientific career, he also experimented at the first tunnel drive under the mighty Thames. But much to the horror, his endeavour failed miserably, and to make the situation even worse he almost lost his life by drowning in the river.
He also designed a system with air tanks for the purpose of rescuing wrecked ships from underneath the water. Rumours prevail that once, when a ship owner refused to pay him during such a rescue mission, Trevithick simply cut the rope and let the “stubborn” owner’s ship sink again.
Earlier this month and over the past few days, Google has been regularly paying their tribute to a number of great pioneers in the field of science and technology of the likes of Robert Bunsen - the inventor of the Bunsen burner, Yuri Gagarin - the first man to go in space and many more.