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David Warren: Google Doodle celebrates the 96th birthday of the World’s first inventor of the black box and flight data recorder



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Google Doodle celebrates the 96th birthday of an Australian scientist David Warren, best known for inventing and developing the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder (also known as FDR, CVR, and “the black box”), on March 20, 2021.

Who was David Warren?

David Warren
David Warren

Born as David Ronald de Mey Warren on 20 March 1925 on remote Groote Eylandt off the northern coast of Australia. He was the inventor of the flight data and voice recording technology ordinarily known as “the black box”: a basically indestructible gadget that has helped save the lives of incalculable voyagers around the world.

David Warren acquired a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors from the University of Sydney, a PhD in fuels and energy from Imperial College London, a Diploma of Imperial College, and a Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne.

David Warren worked at what are currently the Defense Science and Technology Organization’s Aeronautical Research Laboratories in Melbourne from 1952 to 1983, ascending to the level of principal research scientist.

While there, David Warren thought of the idea for the cockpit voice recorder while examining an accident of the world’s first commercial jet aircraft, the Comet, in 1953, subsequent to seeing a small voice recorder at an expo.

David Warren’s creation, which depended on magnetic recording media, permitted simple eradicating and re-recording, which made it practical for routine line service.

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Warren’s idea of cockpit voice recording added another dimension to instrument information in flight recorders, and has demonstrated amazingly significant for accident examination.

Confronting introductory incredulity, Dr. David Warren built up a test model all alone, making the world’s first “black box” (however his model was really painted red).

The rudimentary device became the first with the ability to store audio in combination with flight instrument data, a monumental breakthrough in aviation technology.

In November 2008, Qantas named one of their Airbus A380s after David Warren to pay tribute to his services to avionics.

David Warren passed on 19 July 2010, at age 85, in Melbourne. He was buried in a casket bearing the label “Flight Recorder Inventor; Do Not Open”.

Today, a modern equivalent Dr. David Warren’s innovation is compulsory in cockpits around the world, playing an integral role in the consistent improvement of flight wellbeing norms.

On 20 March 2021, Google showed a Doodle for David Warren’s 96th Birthday on its Home page in certain nations.


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