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Charles Kettering (1876-1958) 
Charles Kettering was the inventor of the first electrical starter motor ignition system.
 
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Charles Kettering
Charles Kettering
Charles Kettering was the inventor of the first electrical ignition system - National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Biography of Charles Kettering
Charles Kettering was born on a farm near Loudenville, Ohio, August 29, 1876.
Charles Kettering - Electric Ignition
Charles Kettering invented dozens of important devices, but is best known as the founder of Delco, who brought automobiles into the Age of Electricity. 
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"The world hates change, but it is the only thing that has brought progress." - Charles Kettering

The first electrical ignition system or electric starter motor for cars was invented by GM engineers Clyde Coleman and Charles Kettering. The self starting ignition was first installed in a Cadillac on February 17, 1911. The invention of the electric starter motor by Charles Kettering eliminated the need for hand cranking. United States Patent #1,150,523, was issued to Charles Kettering of Dayton, Ohio in 1915. 

Charles Kettering became the founder of Delco (Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company). He also went on to invent: other automotive lighting and ignition systems, lacquer finishes for cars, antilock fuels, leaded gasoline, and an electric cash register.

Freon
In 1928, Thomas Midgley, Jr. and Charles Kettering invented a "Miracle Compound" called Freon. Freon is now infamous for greatly adding to the depletion of the earth's ozone shield.

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