FARMINGTON, Conn., June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With 110 years of innovation as a guide, Carrier unveiled a newly commissioned book, chronicling the robust legacy of industry-changing inventions that have made the world a cooler place to live, work and play at a special reception at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Carrier is the world's leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions and a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
July 17, 2012 marks the 110th anniversary of the invention of modern air conditioning by Dr. Willis H. Carrier, inventor and founder of the company that bears his name. To recognize this milestone, Carrier commissioned a 144-page, hardcover book, called Weathermakers to the World, which contains little-known vignettes about Dr. Carrier's life and work, including the famous day, on July 17, 1902 in the midst of a steamy summer, when Willis Carrier, a young research engineer initialed a set of mechanical drawings designed to solve a humidity problem plaguing a printing plant. This design was so novel that the innovation would go on to change the world in ways even Carrier's brilliant mind could not have imagined.
The book was presented to the Library of Congress by Geraud Darnis, president and CEO, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, in front of a group of more than 125 attendees, including customers, channel partners, association leaders and elected officials.
"Books tell us who we are. They reflect our history, our science and our society," Darnis said. "We're releasing the book in 2012 to mark the 110th anniversary of the invention of modern air conditioning by Dr. Willis Carrier. Just imagine a world without air conditioning. We are healthier, more productive and more comfortable thanks to his genius."
A leading engineer of his day, Carrier would go on to file more than 80 patents that provide man-made control over temperature, humidity, ventilation and indoor air over the course of his career.
"The Weathermakers to the World book honors Dr. Carrier's legacy. By daring to dream big, he improved our world with new technology that mastered the indoor environment," said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Climate, Controls & Security. "Our employees around the world work every day to reinvent the industry started by Dr. Carrier through their continued dedication to innovation."
The book was written by Eric Schultz, retired president of Sensitech, a Carrier company, and is just one part of Carrier's celebratory events to honor the 110th anniversary in July. In April, Carrier published its new website, www.WillisCarrier.com, which contains some of the content from the book, organized by significant milestones in industry leadership and innovation. Various local events and activities around the world are also being planned to mark the occasion.
To order a copy of the Weathermakers to the World book, visit amazon.com.
Carrier is the world's leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy-efficient products, building controls, and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and foodservice customers. Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, Carrier improves the world around us through engineered innovation and environmental stewardship. Carrier is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. Visit www.carrier.com for more information.