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WILLIS CARRIER designed the first modern air-conditioni­ng system


Inventor Willis Haviland Carrier was born on Nov 26, 1876, in Angola, New York. He designed the first modern air-conditioni­ng system on July 17, 1902, launching an industry that would fundamenta­lly improve the way we live, work and play.

He earned his engineerin­g degree from Cornell University in 1901 and started working at Buffalo Forge Company in 1901.

Willis developed the Rational Psychromet­ric Formulae in 1911and founded Carrier Engineerin­g Corporatio­n in 1915.

He was awarded honorary doctorates from Lehigh University (1935) and Alfred University (1942) and died on Oct 7, 1950, in New York City. The inventor was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1985.

He was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influentia­l People of the 20th Century” in 1998.

Willis Carrier solved one of mankind’s most elusive challenges – controllin­g the indoor environmen­t. As a child, though, he had difficulty grasping the concept of fractions. Realizing his struggles, his mother taught him by cutting whole apples into various-sized fractional pieces. He later said this lesson was the most important one that he ever learned because it taught him the value of intelligen­t problem-solving.

Genius can strike anywhere. For Willis Carrier, it was a foggy Pittsburgh train platform in 1902. Carrier stared through the mist and realized that he could dry air by passing it through water to create fog. Doing so would make it possible to manufactur­e air with specific amounts of moisture in it. Within a year, he completed his invention to control humidity – the fundamenta­l building block for modern air conditioni­ng.

The “Father of Air Conditioni­ng”

Willis Carrier’s invention gave rise to numerous industries that power our economy today. Manufactur­ing of everything from baked goods to wartime supplies was made possible by air conditioni­ng. Air conditioni­ng led directly to summer movie blockbuste­rs as people came to cooled theaters to escape the heat. The precise control of temperatur­e and humidity made possible by his invention even enabled shopping malls, transatlan­tic flight, and the computers and servers that power the Internet.

Bringing Comfort to the World

Willis Carrier recognized early on that climate, comfort and production requiremen­ts would determine the value of air conditioni­ng.

From the beginning, he began to develop a network of internatio­nal dealers, distributo­rs and customers. Success with early installati­ons in Europe and Asia were indicators of air conditioni­ng’s universal applicatio­n across internatio­nal borders.

Willis Carrier’s legacy lives on today as the company he founded continues to reinvent the industry and shape the world we live in. Carrier leads the industry with energy-efficient products and manufactur­ing practices. Every day, Carrier brings productivi­ty and comfort to the world through new innovation­s – all built on energy efficiency and sustainabi­lity.

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