Google Doodle pays tribute to Samuel Johnson, father of modern dictionary, on 308th birthday

Today google celebrates the 308th birthday of Samuel Johnson. He was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer.

The Google Doodle shows an animation of a dictionary, which opens up to reveal an entry called Lexicographer. The rolling text animation on top of the image then goes on to describe the word as “A writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge that busies himself in tracing the original and detailing the signification of words”. Google says. “Today we pay homage to this pioneer lexicographer who dedicated years to his craft.”

Johnson was born in 1709 and had worked for around nine years to come up with the ‘Dictionary of the English Language’ which was published in 1755. This was the dictionary that was the most popular one till the Oxford English Dictionary was completed by 1928. After a series of illnesses, he died on the evening of 13 December 1784, and was buried in Westminster Abbey. In the years following his death, he began to be recognized as having had a lasting effect on literary criticism, and he was claimed by some to be the only truly great critic of English literature.