They say that almost half the people alive on this planet today owe their lives to Refrigeration, Chlorinated drinking water, and Synthetic Ammonia. All amazing inventions that we take for granted.
For those wondering, Synthetic Ammonia is the base material for fertilizer, it was invented by the same person that invented Mustard Gas and was thought to be so important that he got a Nobel Prize for it because Synthetic Ammonia saved and created a lot more lives than Mustard Gas took.
Great article ! While most media are calling attention to Black History Month by lauding rappers and such, this man's contribution to the World stands far above, and there are more stories like his. Thank you.
As a retired automotive engineer, really enjoyed this article. Keep these sorts of things coming. Not sure how sharing of work between organizations goes but many, many members of ATHS would be interested in reading this trucking history.
As a 27 year employee of Thermo King, it goes without saying that there is a tremendous amount of pride that we have for this amazing man and what he gave the world through his innovative spirit, a spirit that all of us continue to this day. Thanks, Hagerty, for publishing a glimpse of his life and contributions outside of the normal Transportation Industry publications.
"...autodidact and polymath...". Wow!. I'm 78, built a '27 T tudor coach with a 312 V8 in the '60s, raced stock cars in the '70s, graduated law school with a JD in 1980, drive a '98 BMW Z3, consider myself well-read, and yet, I had never seen nor heard those words until now. That's somewhat disturbing but, on the other hand, I now have new words to describe myself when I'm bragging a bit.
Except Bombardier did not "create" the snowmobile. Ray Muscott in Michigan patented a halftrack snow vehicle in 1915. In 1917 Virgil White; in Ossipee, New Hampshire; patented a system to convert the Ford Model T into a halftrack snow vehicle. White would coin the term "snowmobile" for his converted Model Ts. Bombardier's contribution was to design cog driven fiber reinforced rubber belt that is central all snowmobile designs today.
Great unknown story. I grew up in Cincinnati and his name was never mentioned. Although, Getting tired of him being Black as the first item. I don't look at color, he was a brilliant man is the same line as Edison. Fortitude, guts, and focus makes for a genius, and a winner. I bet he wasn't a whinner!
Informative article about a great man. One thing many classic car fans don’t know is that for years, the Thermo King units were powered by Mercedes 180d engines - yes, the same one that was in my car - and I had Thermo King rebuild it for me.
Imagine having a car powered by a refrigerator motor. That’s why I eventually sold the car - it was S-L-O-W!
If Fred Jones were white his race would not have been mentioned. But as a black man his race is the first thing mentioned not his brilliant mechanical mind. We as Americans are often preoccupied by the race factor as one's accomplishments are shadowed by it because we see race itself as an accomplishment first. Why not memorialize Fred Jones as a great American a very important asset to the trucking delivery system. Without Fred Jones food delivery would not be possible.
"There are the oft-discussed supply chain issues, compounded by a national shortfall of about 80,000 truck drivers the industry would like to hire." This may be true right now, but the industry is working on a permanent fix for this. As soon as all the bugs get worked out of the software & other system components, autonomous cargo trucks will replace all truck drivers except the small operators, As for the Thermo King reefers, we would never have these inventions if it were not for living in a free country that rewards forward thinking, innovation, and hard work. We hear these snowflakes today lecturing us on how bad the USA is...while conveniently overlooking all the good the USA has done for mankind not just for the USA.
Why is race injected into these stories?!. Let's just call it was it is. Fred was a great inventor. Fred was a terrific human being, even if he was a man. In the story, it is mentioned that Fred had an Irish Father, and a Black mother. Does that make Fred a great Irish American, exclusively? Or , because Fred had a Black mother, exclusively a great Black American?.
How about Fred was just a Great American?!!! How about that?
In the 1740s, the first form of artificial refrigeration was invented by William Cullen, a Scottish scientist. Cullen showed how the rapid heating of liquid to a gas can result in cooling. This is the principle behind refrigeration that still remains today. Frederick Jones was indeed a brilliant man and also deserves accolades.
By the way, a Scotsman invented asphalt roads or MacAdams as they were initially called. Macadam is a type of road construction, pioneered by Scottish engineer John Loudon McAdam around 1820, in which crushed stone is placed in shallow, convex layers and compacted thoroughly.
John Boyd Dunlop was a Scottish-born inventor and veterinary surgeon who was familiar with making rubber devices. He invented the first practical pneumatic tyres for his child's tricycle and developed them for use in cycle racing.
The transportation world was created and developed by many brilliantly creative people and they all deserve our praise including James Watt who was a Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer, and chemist who improved on Thomas Newcomen's 1712 Newcomen steam engine with his Watt steam engine in 1776, which was fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in both his native Great Britain and the rest of the world.