confronted a similar problem when he set out to convince the paint engineer at GM that lacquer paint, which was dry to the touch in just a few minutes, could significantly reduce the time required to paint an automobile.
, then-vice president of GM, titled "Where Are Our New Frontiers'?
Electric vehicles lost their market share as late as the 1920's due to the paving of country roads, which meant that motorists could travel farther, the discovery of cheap oil in Texas, the invention of the electric starter by Charles Kettering
and Henry Ford's introduction of mass production.
He counted among his friends and colleagues automotive leaders such as car builder Fred Dusenberg and Charles Kettering
of General Motors.
A team led by the inventor Charles Kettering
had developed the airborne contraption, conceived as a top-secret weapon to deliver explosives against enemy troops.
Special thanks also to the following authors: William Kovarik, "Henry Ford, Charles Kettering
and the 'Fuel of the Future,'" Automotive History Review, Spring 1998; William Graebner, "Hegemony Through Science: Information Engineering and Lead Toxicology, 1925-1965," in David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz, eds.
said, "A problem well stated is a problem half solved.
The Kettering era, he says - referring to Charles Kettering
, inventor of the self-starter and GM's visionary first VP - was superseded in the 1950s by a time characterized by almost academic experimentation and intrigue and considerable emphasis on basic and applied science.
The SAE World Congress is produced by SAE International (formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers), the venerable industry association shaped by historic innovators including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Charles Kettering
, among others.
There is the "'Boss' Kettering Award," named after Charles Kettering
, the first vice president of the GM Research Laboratories and inventor of, among other things (he was granted more than 140 patents), the electric starter motor, which some argue is the single most important invention as regards the growth of the auto industry (i.
The best product developers start with a well-defined problem, or as the famous inventor Charles Kettering
once stated, "A problem well-stated is a problem half-solved.
Leaders of the chemurgy movement such as Charles Kettering
and William Jay Hale proposed that anything made from a hydrocarbon could be made from a carbohydrate.
called him "the greatest discovery I ever made.
III, the great grandson of the University's namesake (inventor Charles "Boss Kett" Kettering), accepted the award.
Artifacts of the early work of Charles Kettering