According to Britannica a spark plug
or sparking plug is, "a device that fits into the cylinder head of an internal-combustion
engine and carries two electrodes separated by an air gap, across which
current from a high-tension ignition system discharges, to form a spark
for igniting the fuel."
Oliver Lodge invented the electric
spark ignition (the Lodge Igniter) for the internal combustion
Two of his sons developed his ideas and founded the Lodge Plug Company.
Oliver Lodge is better known for his pioneering work in radio and was the
first man to transmit a message by wireless.
During the early 1900s, France was
the dominant manufacturer of spark plugs. Frenchman, Albert Champion was
a bicycle and motorcycle racer who immigrated to the United States in 1889
to race. As a sideline, Champion manufactured and sold spark plugs to support
himself. In 1904, Champion moved to Flint, Michigan where he started the
Champion Ignition Company for the manufacturing of spark plugs. He later
lost control of his company and in 1908 started the AC Spark Plug Company.
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