Carrier’s heritage: the invention that changed the world
On July 17, 1902, Willis Haviland Carrier designs the world’s first air conditioning system. The invention is originally devised to solve a problem for a customer at a printing plant in New York City. Willis H. Carrier’s invention is a true breakthrough, so innovative that it has gone on to launch a company and create an entire industry essential to global productivity and personal comfort.
Willis Carrier writes a “Rational Psychometric Formulae” for the calculation of the wet temperature that quickly becomes the predecessor of the charts used today. He becomes internationally recognised.
Carrier Engineering Corporation is incorporated with Willis Carrier as president with the intention, despite an economic slump and world war, of building a brand-new industry.
Carrier introduces the first home air conditioner.
Carrier announces that New York City’s four biggest and most modern postwar skyscrapers would soon be air conditioned by Carrier’s Conduit Weathermaster system.
The acquisition of Carrier by United Technologies reshapes the global market for heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
Willis Carrier is named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of the Century”, 48 years after his death.
Legacy of innovation
Over time, Carrier has been recognised as the world’s leader in high-technology heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions. The company continues to innovate in order to offer market-leading products and solutions.
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