Charles F. Kettering inventions

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Charles F. Kettering inventions - r 4 CINCINNATI ENQUIRER WMlrmdiy, Nov, it, INI...
r 4 CINCINNATI ENQUIRER WMlrmdiy, Nov, it, INI Inventions Of 'Gentle Genius' Made Living Easy Charles F. Kettering, the engineering genius whose career was closed by death at Dayton, Ohio, yesterday, had robust faith in America to go with the fame and wealth that he accumulated in life. When the Soviet launched their first 'Sputniks he observed, "The fact that we didn't send up a satellite ii no fault of our scientists. Anything that needs to be done, we can do. It seems that in the last few months our great country has dropped almost completely out of light because because some people did something we knew about all the "time, but didn't do." An optimist, Mr, Kettering addressed members of the "University of Cincinnati Alumni Association at their 18th annual UC Day dinner in 1951, and observed that as far as "the future was concerned, 95 per cent of the nation's coal was still underground, 90 per cent of its oil, 94 per cent "of its natural gas, great deposits of fuel-bearing fuel-bearing fuel-bearing sands and 'shales not yet touched "enough fuel to last 1500 years 'at present rates of consumption." It was UC, incidentally, that became the first Institution Institution of higher learning to grant Mr. Kettering a, doctorate 'in aclence. That happened In 1928, and since Out time "similar degree were given him by 27 universitlea. "We should be much concerned about the future; we're going to have to spend the rest of our lives there!" he once said. Out of that probing of the future came many inventions inventions designed by him to make life not only more secure but more comfortable. HI list of contributions to man's future is a lengthy one. Here are a few of them: Electric cash registers, farm lighting ayatems, an Ignition system for World War I military plane, a quick-drying quick-drying quick-drying automobile lacquer, ethyl gasoline, dlesel electric locomotives, air conditioning processes, a variety of metalurgical improvement, four-wheel four-wheel four-wheel automobile brakes, winter lubricating oils, two-way two-way two-way shock absorbers, chromium plating safety glass, fixed focus headlamps, double-glass double-glass double-glass windows, variable speed, transmissions, safe refrigerants, Arty one of those inventions would have been sufficient achievement for an average lifetime, but "Boss Kef was never satisfied. "There Isn't any mystery in the world," he often asserted, "everything is simple provided you have the proper understanding." The career that led him to these heights began modestly. Mr. Kettering was born on August 29, 1876, on a farm near Loudonville, in Ashland County, Ohio, the son of Jacob and Martha Kettering. His early education was in a county district school. Next, he attended Loudonville High School and then Wooster Normal School at Wooster, Ohio. Determined to continue his study at Ohio State University at Columbus, he was forced to earn the needed money by teaching. When he finally was graduated from the university in 1904, he was judged the best mathematician in his class. Meanwhile, however, his scholastic career had been interrupted interrupted when in his freshman year, while studying late at l 't fmiii ti .if, iMtiMiiniMriiinrni -i- -i- -i- in-.f in-.f in-.f TieaMu 1 1 mi Jnmf0 v -'WWiir.ir.iiiiirf -'WWiir.ir.iiiiirf M llehind W heel Of 1913 Car With Coworker William A. Chrj st His Glass Tube Carried Light Around Corners night and existing on 35 cents a day, he nearly lost his eyesight. Painful headaches accompanied any attempt to read, and in the spring of his freshman year he suffered a partial stroke and was forced to drop out of school. He obtained a Job on a telephone line gang with the Star Union Telephone Co., of Ashland, and after a summer of digging postholes in the nearby countryside, he returned as foreman of the gang. This active life recouped his health and by fall he was able to read again, but instead of returning returning to college, he began an intense study of telephonic theories. Soon the Star Union Telephone Co. gave him supervision supervision of installing the first central battery exchange in Ashland. Mr. Kettering returned to Ohio State University in 1901 and practically paid for the remainder of his education by "trouble-shooting" "trouble-shooting" "trouble-shooting" for the telephone company. After being graduated from Ohio State, he went to work for the National Cash Register Co., of Dayton, Ohio, and his workshop in that firm's building became the scene of the first of the hundreds of Inventions that were to make his name internationally famous. Applying electricity to the hand-crank hand-crank hand-crank operated cash register he soon had developed a near perfect bookkeeping robot. The automobile self-starter self-starter self-starter was next. In 1911, Mr. Kettering and Col. Edwards A. Deeds, vice president of the National Cash Register Co, established established the Dayton Engineering Laboratory Co. to manufacture manufacture the self-starter. self-starter. self-starter. The firm, which later was to become become nationally known for Its "Delco" trade-mark, trade-mark, trade-mark, turned out 12,000 self-starters self-starters self-starters the first year. The invention was, of course, a potent force in putting women behind tha wheel of automobiles. From the laboratory came a steady stream of inventions inventions which soon became commonplace appliances throughout throughout the land, especially devices to ease the drudgery of farm life. During World War I, Mr. Kettering organized the Dayton Wright Airplane Co. and while devising an ignition system for the Liberty engine he became an enthusiastic airplane pilot. Before World War II. Mr. Kettering's laboratories were producing equipment which had equally important use in war or peace. But after Pearl Harbor the laboratories were placed on a full war-time war-time war-time basis, with 95 per cent of facilities in projects for the military. A friendly man who enjoyed philosophizing about the deeper and longer-range longer-range longer-range aspects of technology, Mr. Kettering's Kettering's swift mind inspired his laboratory teams and awed his fellow executives In th automotive Industry, even though they themselves were giants In their own way. In a biography of Mr. Kettering written by one of his research associates, Mr. Kettering's astonishing mental reflexes were described in these words; "Not only can he write with either hand, but he can also write one thing with his right hand while simultane-ously simultane-ously simultane-ously writing something else with his left. He can write upside down or in mirror image and, in general, make each of his hands do Independently just what his brain directs." V". v - , f ,' " 1 v t , 1 Charles F. Kettering who took the- the- crank off the car Teamster Election 'Stolen,' Suit Says A suit charging that George P. Starling and other officers of Teamsters Iocal JW "rraua-tilcntly "rraua-tilcntly "rraua-tilcntly and unlawfully stole" a union election was filed yesterday yesterday in Common Pleas Court. Lee True, 413 N. C St., Ham ilton, Ohio, said he was elected to the office of Hamilton business business aeent in November, 1953. But, "they, by fraudulent con inducted a Ray Halde-man" Halde-man" fraudulent means to perpetuafa themselves in their positions ts officers of the . , , union," he added. It was not until Starling made the alleged remarks "in the presence of seven witnesses" witnesses" that True discovered the acts, the suit declared. True said the office of Hamilton business to

Clipped from The Cincinnati Enquirer26 Nov 1958, WedKENTUCKY EDITIONPage 18

The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio)26 Nov 1958, WedKENTUCKY EDITIONPage 18
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