Day 19 Frederick M. Jones – 28 days of Black History in Technology

Frederick M. Jones

Frederick M. Jones was born on May 17, 1892 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He learned electronic devices largely thought self-taught methods and work experiences.  So education was not his first direction, be he was still able to be granted over 40 patents in the field of refrigeration.

In 1935 he invented the first automatic refrigeration system for long-haul trucks.  This was well received and became adapted to a veriety of other common carries, including ships, and railway cars.

While I’m not sure about this story I wanted to share the significance with you.  It seems Jones inspiration for the refrigeration unit came from a conversation with a truck driver who had lost a shipment of chickens because the trip took too long and the truck’s storage compartment overheated. (This could be fake, so I wouldn’t put too much on the fact that it was chickens **side eye**)

Because of his invention the capability to ship fresh produce across the United States during summer or winter changed the American consumer’s eating habits.  Its seems that now foods that would go back could be kept safe.

Thanks Mr. Jones for your innovation, and understanding that learning on the job really does help you in the long run.


One Response to Day 19 Frederick M. Jones – 28 days of Black History in Technology

  1. Good Black History Month profile today. His invention surely is used today with so many goods being transported in trucks to restaurants, stores, etc.

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