Ever wondered who or what the Microsoft Bing search engine is called? Here is the story behind the name Bing!
“It all started with faxing Mitch Matthews, our vice president of marketing. I admit that it was a little strange – he came from a man named Dr. Richard Bing, who said he was 99 years old and would like to do something with us, since we “used his name for our new search engine” . Misha handed it to Carver and me, and we both said, “Yes, that’s interesting.”
For several days, we flew on a plane bound for Los Angeles to visit Dr. Bing and find out exactly what he was talking about.
Dr. Richard Bing was born in Germany on October 12, 1909. In Germany, he received a musical education and wrote a couple of hundred works of classical music, some of which are still performed today.
Then he decided that perhaps he would try the medicine and get a doctorate in medicine. Then, at the urging of Charles Lindbergh, he came to America to work on innovative medical procedures.
We wanted to let other people meet Dr. Bing and perhaps find some inspiration to do more. We spent the last few weeks interviewing him to find out some of his little secrets of life. You should think about what he saw: two world wars, the Great Depression, jet travel, space travel, the Internet, integrated circuit, globalization of the world, more than five decades of marriage – there should be some magic there for everyone. We are still shooting, but we hope that by November, everyone in the world will see something.
Congratulations on your 100th birthday, Dr. Bing. And, at least for today, tell everyone that we named the engine after you. ”
– Stefan Weitz – Director of Bing.