Willis Haviland Carrier (Willis Haviland Carrier)

Willis Haviland Carrier

Businessman, Inventor. Born in Angola, New York, he was engineer, most noted for inventing modern air conditioning. Educated at Cornell University, he started working at  the Buffalo Forge Company in 1901. In 1902, he designed the first system to control temperature and humidity. His “Rational Psychrometric Formulae” introduced in 1911, initiated scientific air-conditioning design for home and industrial use. In 1915, he co-founded the Carrier Engineering Company, which became the world’s largest manufacturer of air-conditioning equipment. Carrier was purchased by United Technologies Corporation in 1979. He died at age 73 in New York City and was posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1985. He also was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century”, in 1998. (bio by: John “J-Cat” Griffith)  Family links:  Spouses:  Adeline Tifft Carrier (1867 – 1939)*  Edith Claire Seymour Carrier (1878 – 1912)*  Elizabeth Marsh Wise Carrier (1891 – 1964)* *Calculated relationship


  • November, 26, 1876
  • USA


  • October, 10, 1950
  • USA


  • Forest Lawn Cemetery
  • USA

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