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Click onto the Google homepage today and you will see an endearing animation of a man vacuuming a yellow carpet.

A woman watches on an applauds the man and his vacuum cleaner, which is being powered by a cart drawn by a horse outside.

We can thank Hubert Cecil Booth for the vacuum cleaner, who was its inventor.

Now the device can be found in homes across the world.

You can also spot a Ferris wheel in the background, which gives a hint as to what other famous inventions he had a hand in.

Today Google Doodle honours him on what would have been his 147th birthday.

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HUBERT CECIL BOOTH: Google Doodle honours the vacuum cleaner inventor

Who was Hubert Cecil Booth?

Hubert Cecil Booth was born on July 4, 1871 in Gloucester, England.

He eventually went on to complete a three-year course in civil and mechanical engineering, which would go on to shape his life.

Booth also became a student of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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In 1901, the most revolutionising way to clean floors invovled blowing air and pushing the debris and dust away.

However, Booth became intrigued by the idea of cleaning by suction, which he thought would be much easier.

He got the epiphany after seeing a demonstration of the “pneumatic carpet renovator”.

This involved blowing dirt out of railway cars.

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GOOGLE DOODLE: Hubert Cecil Booth revolutionised the way we clean floors

After seeing this, Booth decided to do an experiment by putting his handkerchief to his mouth and sucking air into it, to see how much dust he could suck up from a table.

His device, nicknamed “Puffing Billy”, was powered by an engine so large it had to be pulled around by a horse.

After years of experimenting with different designs, Booth created the first powered vacuum cleaner.

In 1903 Booth started the British Vacuum Cleaner Company (BVCC), and invented his first flagship product.

This was a slightly smaller, electric device arriving in a bright red van.

The device was operated by experts in DVCC uniforms, and was used by fashionable households, including the Royal family.

The revolutionising device was even used to clean the Westminster Abbey carpets before Edward VIIs coronation.

He also went on to invent other well-known devices, such as Ferris wheels in France, Austria and England.

Booth also invented factories and suspension bridges, but it was the vacuum cleaner which ensured his legacy lived on.

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VACUUM CLEANER: His first invention was in a bright red van

Hubert Cecil Booth vacuum cleaner GETTY

PUFFING BILLY: Booths first invention was driven by petrol

The man of many talents also designed engines for Royal Navy battleships.

After the war he built suspension bridges in Burma, India and South Africa.

The same year he invented the first vacuum cleaner, he married Charlotte Mary Pearce.

He was also offered a knighthood for his services, which he turned down.

Both eventually died on January 14, 1955 in Croydon.

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