It’s HOT, so let’s talk air conditioners. Did you know that Willis Carrier, an American engineer, is known as the “Father of Air Conditioning”? Born on November 26, 1876 in Angola, New York, Carrier earned an engineering degree from Cornell University in 1901. He designed the world’s first modern air conditioning system in 1902. He went on to found Carrier Engineering Corporation in 1915, a company that still exists today. Carrier died on October 7, 1950 and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1985. He was named as one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century” in 1998. Many of his inventions are patented, including Patent # 1,956,707 for a “Method for Conditioning Air”, granted on May 1, 1934. Proof that one man’s invention can change the world.