Adams was probably best known for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which started life as a radio comedy before being published as a "trilogy" of five books, the first published in 1979. It was later turned into a Hollywood film.

The doodle marks the anniversary of his birth. Adams was born on 11 March 1952 in Cambridge and died in 2001 at the age of 49 in Santa Barbara, California after a heart attack.

The doodle features some of the touchstones of Adams's popular writing.

It displays a cup of tea - one of many references in the doodle to the Hitchhiker's Guide. It also shows a towel, an item Adams wrote was essential when travelling in space).