Thomas Edison (1847-1931) held 1,093 U.S. patents in his name, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera and the most famous of all – electric light bulb. Thirty years after his birth, another famous inventor, engineer and businessman came along – Charles Franklin Kettering (1876-1958). He held 186 patents. Although he does not have the “household name” familiarity of Thomas Edison, we are benefiting from his efforts. Even though poor eyesight stymied his progress in grade school, he continued to believe that anything was possible. His all-electric self-starter engine eliminated the need to crank a car’s engine, a safety feature that is still used in our modern automobiles. Other inventions included the portable lighting system, an engine-driven generator that could provide electrical power for locations (farms etc) far from the electrical power grid, and an incubator for premature infants.
Inventors are a special group of people who see a need before it becomes a necessity. Perhaps that is what Charles Kettering meant by interest in the future.
My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there. Charles Kettering (August 29, 1876 – November 25, 1958)