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Who is Charles F. Kettering?

Our namesake, Charles F. Kettering, looked at the world around him and asked, "How can I make it better?"

He answered his own question with amazing inventions such as the incubator for premature infants, the V-8 engine and high octane, the automobile self-starter, refrigeration and air conditioning, the pilotless biplane, synthetic aviation fuel, and retractable aircraft landing gear.

His research in areas such as magnetism eventually led to the imaging devices we use every day in health care to diagnose illnesses. The list of his inventions goes on and on, second in number in Kettering's lifetime only to Thomas Edison.

Kettering Health Network strives to keep alive Charles F. Kettering's spirit of innovation. This legacy is reflected in one of his most famous quotes: "Nothing ever rose to touch the skies unless someone dreamed that it should, someone believed that it could, and someone willed that it must."

  • Air Cooled Engine
  • Auto Pilot Control
  • Auto Theft Prevention System
  • Electric cash register
  • Electric auto ignition and self-starter for automobiles first appeared on the 1912 Cadillac. Within a few years, Delco produced a complete starting, ignition and lighting system that is credited with the phenomenal rise of the automobile industry.
  • Spark plug
  • Quick Drying Lacquer Finish for CarsUnit Injector for Diesel Engines and other improvements that made it possible to produce these engines in a size practical for locomotives and trucks, etc. This revolutionized the powering of railroads.
  • Freon for refrigerators and air conditioners. Ridgeleigh Terrace, Kettering's residence in Dayton, was the first air conditioned home in America.
  • Leaded "Ethyl" Gasoline
  • Quick Drying Lacquer Finish for Cars
  • Auto safety glass
  • Portable electric generator
  • Four-wheel brakes
  • Automatically Controlled Transmission for Motor Vehicles
  • Electric railway gate
  • First synthetic aviation fuel
  • Two Cycle Engine
  • Store Service Credit System Apparatus
  • Adding and Subtracting Machine
  • Fuel Supply System
  • Extraction of Bromine from Sea Water
  • Retractable Landing Gear
  • Incubator for Premature Infants
  • Rocket V-8 Engine (high compression automobile engine)
  • First Pilotless Aircraft
  • Durex bearings
  • Quick-process malleable iron
  • Harmonic balancers
  • Static and dynamic balancing machines
  • Crankcase ventilation
  • Two-filament headlamps
  • Special winter lubricants
  • Extraction of bromine from sea water
  • Engine oil coolers
  • Two-way shock absorbers
  • Chromium plating
  • Inlox rubber bushings for spring shackles
  • Fixed-focus headlamps
  • Extreme-pressure lubricants
  • Resonance-type intake and exhaust silencers
  • Double glass windows
  • Unit injector for Diesel engines
  • Variable-speed transmissions
  • Engine carbon removers
  • Heat-resisting valve steel
  • Copper-lead bearings
  • Pearlitic malleable iron camshafts
  • Permanent-mold centrifugally-cast brake drums
  • Tellurium-treated malleable iron
  • Wear-resistant cylinder iron
  • Molybdenum-manganese-silicon steel
  • Powdered iron metallurgy
  • Grooved and tinned plated piston rings
  • Silver bearings