Google doodle celebrates the 117th birthday of Ladislao Jose Biro; how did he invent the ballpoint pen during World War II?

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Google doodle is commemorating the 117th birthday of Ladislao Jose Biro, a name not quite familiar when we think of inventors who changed the world with their inventions.

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Google doodle is commemorating the 117th birthday of Ladislao Jose Biro, a name not quite familiar when we think of inventors who changed the world with their inventions. Yet, his invention is one of the most commonly useful things ever. Biro invented the ballpoint pen. His simply remarkable invention is one of the most common things to be used all over the world. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Ladislao Biro belonged to a Jewish family. He was a journalist and while working he noticed how the ink which the newpaper printers used dried fast which eventually left the paper dry and free of any smudges. As curious as he was, Biro tried using the same ink in the fountain pen but it did not work as it was too viscous to flow to the tip. He then went on to work with his brother, Gyorgy, who was a chemist.

He made a pen which had a ball that moved in a socket, and that was the first ball pen ever created. It worked similar to the newspaper printers, which used newsprint rollers to deposit ink from a cartridge to paper. At the Budapest International Fair in 1931, Biro presented his first prototype and went on to patent the invention seven years later in 1938. But in the year 1940, he had to flee the country, as, during the World War II, the Jews were forced out. Biro left Hungary to go to Argentina where he commercialised his product. His pen became a hit among pilots as the fountain pen did not work at higher altitudes.

He died in Argentina at the age of 86. His birthday is celebrated in the country as ‘Inventor’s Day. His borther Gyorgy Moldova later wrote a book called ‘Ballpoint’ on Biro’s life. In many countries, the ball point pen is still known as ‘Biro’.

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