Charles F. Kettering

Charles Franklin Kettering (August 29, 1876 - November 24 or November 25, 1958) was an American inventor and the holder of over 300 patents. He was a founder of Delco, and was head of research for General Motors for 27 years from 1920 to 1947. Among his most widely used automotive inventions were the electrical starting motor and leaded gasoline. In association with the DuPont Chemical Company, he was also responsible for the invention of Freon refrigerant for refrigeration and air conditioning systems. as well as for the development of Duco lacquers and enamels, the first practical colored paints for mass-produced automobiles

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A problem well stated is a problem half solved.Rate it:
An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't take his education too seriously.Rate it:
An inventor is simply a person who doesn't take his education too seriously. You see, from the time a person is six years old until he graduates form college he has to take three or four examinations a year. If he flunks once, he is out. But an inventor is almost always failing. He tries and fails maybe a thousand times. It he succeeds once then he's in. These two things are diametrically opposite. We often say that the biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work.Rate it:
Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.Rate it:
If you want to kill any idea in the world today, get a committee working on it.Rate it:
Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.Rate it:
Problems are the price of progress. Don't bring me anything but trouble. Good news weakens me.Rate it:
There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it.Rate it:
When I was research head of General Motors and wanted a problem solved, I'd place a table outside the meeting room with a sign: LEAVE SLIDE RULES HERE! If I didn't do that, I'd find some engineer reaching for his slide rule. Then he'd be on his feet saying, Boss you can't do that.Rate it:
Where there is an open mind there will always be a frontier.Rate it:

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