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David Crosthwait – Black Inventor

David CrosthwaitBefore you read this article, look around the room or building you are in. It is more than likely that you will notice an air conditioning, heating or cooling system somewhere in your proximity.

If this is the case, take a moment to acknowledge the work of David Crosthwait, and African American genius who has given humanity the ability to live in comfort, literally.

He is responsible for several of the original designs that have led to the entire heating and cooling industry as we know it, both on the small scale and in bigger building such as New York’s famous 30 Rockerfeller Centre.

 

 

The might of his mind cannot be disputed, and it with a grateful heart and refreshed skin that we thank him.

Crosthwait lived in times when the shadow of racial oppression had been lifted by the law, but that change had not yet sunk in to society. He lived to a ripe old age and saw some of his inventions become household names, and was the recipient of 39 US patents, and a total of 80 internationally, a feat that is almost without parallel. During his life (1898 – 1976), Crosthwait saw his original ideas regarding the possibility of steam heating systems and ventilation plans based on suction fans become reality.

While David Crosthwaite is known for his contributions in the fields of heating and cooling, he was actually a man of far greater depths than most people give him credit for. He was a qualified electrical and mechanical engineer, and a gifted writer. His understanding of thermodynamics, and the logistics of large buildings, and his desire to make genuinely useful inventions has seen his name become synonymous with perseverance, excellence, and warmth. This is exactly what he would have wanted, and we salute this pioneering spirit.

 
 
 
 

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