New Delhi: Google today replaced its homepage logo with an interactive synthesizer doodle to mark the 78th birth anniversary of Robert Arthur 'Bob' Moog, who is better known as the self-described geeky-toolmaker-turned-visionary.
Born on May 23, 1934 in Queens, New York, Bob Moog had a strong passion for electronics, and used to consider himself a geeky, socially awkward kid.
Bob's father George Moog was an electrical engineer for Con Edison. So, Bob, from an early age, built small radios, amplifiers, three note organs and other such projects in the basement workshop with his father.
At the age of 14, Bob built his first theremin. When he was 19, Bob published his first article named "The Theremi" in Radio and Television News, in January 1954. That article engendered requests from readers for Bob to create a theremin kit for sale, and thus R.A. Moog, Co. was born.
In 2002 Bob Moog was honoured with a Grammy Award for technical achievements. He died of a brain tumour on August 21, 2005.
Here are some rarely seen pictures of Robert Moog:
11-year old Moog with boy scout troop (1945)
18-year old Moog with his theremin
Bob Moog in 1952
Bob Moog lecturing in Toronto 1974 York University
- Watch: How to use the Robert Moog Google doodle
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- Bob Moog's personal statement from when he was 17
- Google doodles Robert 'Bob' Moog's synthesizer