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Crosthwait holds 39 patents for heating systems and temperature regulating devices. He is most well known for creating the heating system for New York's famous Radio City Music Hall.
By Mary Bellis

In the 1870s, Englishmen, Maughan invented the first instant water heater. Little is known about Maughan's invention, however, his invention influenced the designs of Edwin Ruud.

Edwin Ruud, a Norwegian mechanical engineer was the inventor of the automatic storage water heater in 1889. Ruud emigrated to Pittsburgh where he pioneered the early development of both residential and commercial water heaters. He founded the Ruud Manufacturing Company.

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