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Today marks one year since the death of Zhou Youguang, the father of Pinyin. However, yesterday was the anniversary of his birth in 1906, and Google honoured him with a Doodle! Without Pinyin, which romanizes Chinese characters, it would be almost impossible for Chinese speakers to use modern technology such as smartphones and computers. And Beijing would still be Peking under the old Wade-Giles system! The two characters in the Doodle are the Chinese name for Google, written Gǔgē in Pinyin.
Have you peeped in Google today? Google's doodle today: 谷歌(Chinese character) flipping to GǔGē(Pinyin character) is to honor the 112th birthday of Zhou Youguang, aka "father of Pinyin", a system for the writing of Mandarin Chinese in Roman script.