Worked in Trail, British Columbia
Donald L. Hings, an engineer and inventor, equipped the Canadian and British military with an early version of the portable two-way wireless radio (walkie-talkie) during the Second World War.
- Born in 1907 in Leicester, England
- Resided and worked in Trail, British Columbia
- Died in 2004 in Burnaby, British Columbia
Born in Leicester, England, he moved to Canada with his mother and father when he was three.
In 1937 Donald Hings created a portable radio signaling system for his employer CM&S, which he called a “packset”, but which later became known as the “Walkie-Talkie”. He was working at Cominco in Trail, British Columbia.
Following the war, he moved to Burnaby, British Columbia, where he established an electronics R&D company, Electronic Labs of Canada. He held more than 55 patents in Canada and the United States.
In 2006, Hings was inducted into the Telecommunications Hall of Fame.
Trail is a town in the West Kootenay region of the Interior of British Columbia. It was named after the Dewdney Trail, which passed through the area.