David Warren’s 96th birthday
Today, the famous search engine Google has shared an interactive Google doodle and celebrating the 96th birthday of David Warren, who was an Australian scientist, best known for inventing and developing the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder (also known as FDR, CVR, and “the black box”). A virtually indestructible device that has helped save the lives of countless travelers around the globe.
David Warren was born on 20th Mach 1925 on remote Groote Eylandt off the northern coast of Australia.
Warren was born to Rev Hubert and Ellie Warren and had three siblings. He was born on a remote mission station on Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory, the first white child born on the island. He was educated at Launceston Church Grammar School and Trinity Grammar School, New South Wales. His father died in the crash of the de Havilland D.H.86 Miss Hobart over the Bass Strait in 1934.
He got 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.
Dr David Warren of Aeronautical Research Laboratory (ARL) in Fisherman’s Bend developed the world’s first black box flight recorder in 1953.
Basically, a black box flight recorder is deeply protected recording device, alike to a hard disk or a storage device. The black box records all relevant flight data, in addition to conversations in the cockpit. Previously, this data had to be recorded on two dissimilar devices.
Today, a contemporary equal of Dr. Warren’s discovery is obligatory in cockpits worldwide, playing an essential role in the continuous improvement of aviation safety standards.
Thank you, Dr. David Warren, for your selfless devotion to creation air travel safer for people everywhere!
Happy Birthday David Ronald de Mey Warren.