Willis Carrier

1876 - 1950

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Willis Haviland Carrier (November 26, 1876 – October 7, 1950) was an American engineer, best known for inventing modern air conditioning. Carrier invented the first electrical air conditioning unit in 1902. In 1915, he founded Carrier Corporation, a company specializing in the manufacture and distribution of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Willis Haviland Carrier was born on November 26, 1876, in Angola, New York, the son of Duane Williams Carrier (1836–1908) and Elizabeth R. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Willis Carrier has received more than 1,580,532 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Willis Carrier is the 48th most popular inventor (up from 49th in 2019), the 412th most popular biography from United States (up from 455th in 2019) and the 11th most popular American Inventor.

Willis Carrier is most famous for inventing the modern air conditioner.

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Among inventors, Willis Carrier ranks 48 out of 426Before him are Ruth Handler, Jimmy Wales, Konrad Zuse, Wilhelm Maybach, John Herschel, and Hans Lippershey. After him are Herman Hollerith, Karl Drais, William G. Morgan, Douglas Engelbart, James Naismith, and Emile Berliner.

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Among people born in 1876, Willis Carrier ranks 14Before him are Wilhelm Pieck, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Constantin Brâncuși, Pablo Casals, Alexander I of Serbia, and Manuel de Falla. After him are Adolf Windaus, 13th Dalai Lama, Otto Diels, Elsa Einstein, Maurice de Vlaminck, and Dragutin Dimitrijević. Among people deceased in 1950, Willis Carrier ranks 9Before him are Gustaf V of Sweden, Joseph Schumpeter, Johannes V. Jensen, Vaslav Nijinsky, Albert Lebrun, and Heinrich Mann. After him are Marcel Mauss, Norman Haworth, Vallabhbhai Patel, Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, Karl Renner, and Léon Blum.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Willis Carrier ranks 412 out of 20,380Before him are Philip Roth (1933), Billie Holiday (1915), Frank Herbert (1920), Prince (1958), Jack Ruby (1911), and Paul Tibbets (1915). After him are Kurt Vonnegut (1922), Jon Brower Minnoch (1941), Charles Francis Richter (1900), Herman Hollerith (1860), Melvin Calvin (1911), and Jesse James (1847).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Willis Carrier ranks 11Before him are Steve Wozniak (1950), Eli Whitney (1765), George Westinghouse (1846), Robert Fulton (1765), Ruth Handler (1916), and Jimmy Wales (1966). After him are Herman Hollerith (1860), William G. Morgan (1870), Douglas Engelbart (1925), Charles Goodyear (1800), Isaac Singer (1811), and John Browning (1855).