Joined the General Electric Company in 1903 where his research on centrifugal air compressors enabled the company to become a world leader in this field.
Developed an engine turbo supercharger for warplanes during World War I to attain higher altitude.
The successful turbo supercharger was used on planes that set world altitude records and for high altitude bombing tests on the battleship USS New Jersey.
Installed a turbo-supercharger on America’s revolutionary new B-17 bomber, which enabled it to achieve an astounding 311 miles per hour at 25,000 feet. Subsequently, another Flying Fortress set a transcontinental record of nine hours and 14 minutes high in the skies.
Received the Collier Trophy with the Army Air Corps in 1940 for the development of the turbo super charger.
Helped to pressurize airliners and brought a new comfortable, above-the-weather service to air travel.