Willis Carrier

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Willis Carrier: Changed How We Live, Work and Play

Willis Carrier in 1915

Willis Carrier in 1950 with his 2,000th centrifugal refrigeration machine.

Willis Carrier, also known as the “Father of Cool” designed the world’s first modern air conditioning system in 1902. Willis Carrier was born on November 26, 1876 in Angola, New York. He attended Cornell University in 1901 where he earned his degree in engineering. Before designing the air conditioning system, he worked at Buffalo Forge Company. On a foggy day in Pittsburgh in 1902, Carrier had an idea that he could dry air by passing it through water to create fog. By doing this he could manufacture air with certain amounts of moisture in it. On July 17, 1902 Carrier designed the first modern air conditioning system to solve a production problem at the Sackett and Wilhelms printing plant in Brooklyn. This forever changed how people worked, lived and played.

It is the 110th anniversary of when Willis Carrier invented air conditiong. Watch this video to learn more about Willis Carrier.

On September 6, 1906, Willis Carrier applied for a patent on his invention, an Apparatus for Treating Air. He had invented the world's first spray-type air conditioning equipment. This equipment was able to wash and humidify or dehumidify air. This invention was the essential building block for modern air conditioning. In 1913 Willis Carrier developed the Carrier Air Humidifier. This was designed to humidify the air in one room, such as an office or laboratory. This was the first self-contained unit with the fan and motor, eliminator, and sprays all combined into a single, packaged product. This allowed businesses, offices and eventually, movie theatres and even malls to be air-conditioned. In 1915 he founded the Carrier Engineering Corporation.

Carrier developed the first home air conditioner on May 13, 1926. This forever changed the way people lived. People could stay comfortable during the summer heat. On June 16, 1949 Willis Carrier installed air-conditioners in the four tallest and most modern postwar skyscrapers, in New York City, from top to bottom. This affected the people in the workplace. In summer time, employees could still work while being comfortable during the summer heat. Willis Carrier died on October 7, 1950 while on a trip in New York City. He was a remarkable man who made many contributions to improve life. His ideas and inventions had an impact on those living during his time as well as on future generations. The company he created is still making innovations and improvements to change the world in which we live.


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