Skip to content

Celebrate Omar Khayyam’s birthday

May 18, 2019

Today 18th May 2019 is the 971st anniversary of the birth of Omar Khayyam.  The famous astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, and (perhaps) poet was born in the city of Nishapur in eastern Iran.  In modern Iran, this day is formally celebrated as Omar Khayyam Day and this year we have world-wide recognition of the event by Google with the use of a picture of the famous man as their ‘Google Doodle’ on the main search page – see https://g.co/doodle/236ns.  Our thanks to Charles Mugleston and other friends who alerted us to Google’s action.  It has caused quite a flurry of internet and media interest in Khayyam and his work.

We send greetings to all the people world-wide who value the contributions of Khayyam, still of relevance in the 21st century.  Take a minute to remember a polymath whose work, and that attributed to him, inspired so many others, and join us in celebrating his birthday in an appropriate way.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. martinrkim permalink
    May 18, 2019 2:12 pm

    I guess to me i can see him drinking with the sultan and entertaining him with poetry

    Martin Kimeldorf Sorry 4 typos on small screen

    >

  2. May 18, 2019 2:34 pm

    Thanks for this post and the alert to Google’s action. More news about celebrating Omar’s birthday I found in Tehran Times of May 14: https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/435894/Literati-artists-to-celebrate-Khayyam-Day-on-Saturday.

  3. May 20, 2019 9:43 am

    Fred Diba has sent us the following link to an Indian comment on Omar Khayyam and Google’s action in marking his birthday – https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/google-doodle-on-omar-khayyum-google-celebrates-persian-mathematician-poet-omar-khayyum-2039436. Apparently they also had a doodle marking the event in 2012. Thanks Fred.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: