WEB DESK: Here are a few interesting facts about the inventor of the air conditioner- Willis Carrier.
- Born November 26, 1876, in Angola, New York
- Had difficulty as a child grasping the concept of fractions. His mother taught him fractions by cutting an apple into pieces.
- Earned engineering degree from Cornell University in 1901
- Started working at Buffalo Forge Company in 1901
- Designed the world’s first modern air conditioning system in 1902
- Developed Rational Psychrometric Formulae in 1911
- Founded Carrier Engineering Corporation in 1915
- Awarded honorary doctorates from Lehigh University (1935) and Alfred University (1942)
- Died October 7, 1950, in New York City
- Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1985
- Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century” in 1998
How did he invent the air conditioner?
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.