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Charles Franklin Kettering

  • Joined NCR in 1904 and perfected the first electric cash register.
  • Invented and improved the ignition system and the first electric starter for automobiles, formed DELCO.
  • Became interested in flying after flying in a Wright brothers biplane in 1912.
  • Designed the ignition systems for the “Liberty” aircraft engine and made the first synthetic aviation fuel during World War I.
  • Helped form the Dayton-Wright Airplane Company that produced the DeHavilland, DH-4 warplane and led its development of an unmanned guided missile.
  • In 1923 his study of engine “knock” led to the development of tetraethyl lead in gasoline.
  • Pioneered developing high compression engines and improved fuels that increased aircraft engine horsepower and flight safety.

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