Google Unaipon

Every once in a while, Google looks a bit different when you access the search engine’s main page.

Sometimes the “Google Doodle” reflects the independence days of countries around the world. At other times, birthdays of legends in art and politics are celebrated.

Today, 28th of September (in Australia), google.com.au reveals this doodle:

Upon clicking the doodle, you are taken to this page:

http://www.google.com.au/webhp?hl=en&tab=ww#q=David+Unaipon&oi=ddle&ct=david-unaipon-12-hp&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=71c328421847cc95&biw=1083&bih=931

Jennifer, the lecturer for the ASC class on Aboriginal cultures and history, excitedly informed us that this Google Doodle is in remembrance of a famous Aboriginal Australian named David Unaipon (featured on the AUS $50 note).

A renaissance man from South Australia and an important figure in the development of Australia in the areas of culture and science, David Unaipon was also a preacher who traveled Australia codifying Aboriginal myths, stories and legends from many of the nations in southeastern Australia.

His life’s work didn’t end there. David continued to pursue an understanding of the laws of perpetual motion and developed many ideas that led to the centrifugal motor and a multi-radial wheel. Based off of the flight design of boomerangs, used by Aboriginal hunters for thousands of years, Unaipon predicted the invention of the helicopter (whose propeller blades mimic the same aerodynamics).

Unaipon, though a brilliant inventor, often found difficulty in finding investments for his ideas. Of course, living where he did, the consistent barriers to his work were based upon his ethnic heritage. This led to an involvement in government where he presented his works on Aboriginal culture and history, having an influence on government policy for his people.

You can bet, had the ASC program existed back then, or if David Unaipon were still alive today, he’d be a guest speaker in the ASC class every semester.

http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/unaipon-david-8898

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/newinventors/txt/s1501003.htm

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