Google on Thursday honoured one of the greatest, albeit not that popular, inventors of all time, Ladislao José Bíro, the man who birthed the ball point pen, on his 117th birth anniversary.
Biro, a Jewish journalist from Budapest, had noticed the ink used in printing of newspapers dried quickly and wouldn’t smudge. He tried to utilize the same ink for his fountain pen however, as thick as the ink was, it failed to flow.
Working with his brother, György, Biro then developed a new ball-socket based design where the ball would roll across the paper, as it picked ink from the cartridge thus, writing similar to how the newsprint rollers did.
In 1931, at the Budapest International Fair, he presented the first ballpoint pen and patented the design in 1938. Several countries, even today, refer to the pen as ‘Biro’.