Willis Carrier: The Father Of Cool, Inventor Of The Modern Day Air Conditioner

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Throughout history, many people have aided in society's undying strive to achieve the most comfortable and relaxing lifestyle possible. They work endlessly to come up with some sort of luxurious creation from which we all can benefit. A first-class example of such a character is Willis Carrier, the inventor of the scientific air conditioner. His life-long hard work has resulted in many of us today enjoying hot summer days indoors. Because of this, Willis Carrier is a legend and he will never be forgotten.Throughout the 19th century, textile manufacturers made the first attempts at air conditioning. They wanted to heat their factories and mills and keep the air moist. To do so, they boiled water in huge pots near their vents. Unfortunately, this type of heat, mainly the humidity, put the health of the mill workers at risk, so this method was rejected. To cool the workers, water was lightly sprayed at them. Although this method of cooling eventually became used less often because of the dampness created by continuous sprays of water, it was still considered a decent form of cooling the air.By 1889, central station refrigeration was beginning to be used as a means of preserving food. By surrounding food and perishable items with a cool atmosphere, they could be kept for longer periods of time. At that time, conditioning the air was used for this purpose only.Then in 1902, Willis Carrier solved the environment management problems of the past by creating the first air conditioner that also handled the issues of humidity. He figured out how humidity and heat were related, and as a result, invented the most efficient air conditioning machine.Carrier was born on November 26, 1876 in Angola, New York, on the eastern shore of Lake Erie. He grew up on a farm as an only child, living with an extended family consisting of his parents, his grandparents, and his great aunt. As a result of being an only child, Carrier would often have to entertain himself by inventing his own games. His time alone allowed him to develop practical thinking and problem solving skills that eventually helped him in future endeavours.Although Willis Carrier was a rather bright child, he did have some difficulty grasping the concept of fractions. To help him understand this aspect of mathematics, his mother had a bright idea. "My mother told me to bring up a pan of apples from the cellar. She had me cut them into halves, quarters, and eights and add and subtract the parts," (Willis Carrier). From this quote, it is evident that Carrier's parents were always there to guide him through difficult times. They gave him all the attention he needed and thus, he felt like he could do almost anything.Willis Carrier always liked to fish with his father when he was young and continued to do so as he got older. His favourite pastime was even evident in one of his most famous quotes: "I fish only for edible fish, and hunt only for edible game even in the laboratory," (Willis Carrier). Because...

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