Key historic events throughout the ages in relation to business, work, corporate figures and moguls.
THE REAL McCOY
OF ALL THE BLACK INNOVATORS WHO OVERCAME seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the one who strikes me as the most remarkable is the inventor whose work led to the phrase "The Real McCoy."
The Price of Silver
August was a strange and unpopular month in Madrid. The surrounding mountains ensured cool, crisp winters but by late summer turned the city into a fiery cauldron. Nevertheless, Paco relished the capital at this time of year – not least because it was calm and coherent.
Heir to a Story
On July 16, 1789, I became the diary of Marié Amélie Céleste Condé, direct descendant of Louis XIV and the rightful heir to the French throne. Well, her older brother was. Before the revolution her family had been planning to reclaim their birthright, but after the storming of the Bastille they fled France--seeking refuge in Canada--and changed their name to Lagnier for fear of their conspiracy being discovered. For many years I was Marié’s companion and confidant as she became accustomed to life in the new and foreign country. In me, she chronicled her adventures and romances, her struggles and memories, but most importantly, she recorded her family tree into my front cover.
Work From Home
As human civilization grows so does innovation and intelligence, and while we continue to advance into a technology driven world it will allow humans to work from home. Working from home can have numerous benefits to our planet but may also impact other natural resources that we rely on while working from home. Many people in the world may not have the ability to work from home depending on their occupation, however those that can work from home may help in reducing the amount of pollution that contaminates our air and wasting our energy sources.
For everyone in America it is common to have a refrigerator in your home even a freezer. Restaurants have them as well and even hospitals. They even have car refrigerators. Well this is all thanks to an African American creator named Frederick McKinley Jones. Who exactly is Frederick Jones you may ask. Frederick McKinley Jones was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 17, 1893 to a white father and black mother. His mother deserted him when he was a young child. His father struggled to raise him on his own, but by the time Frederick was 7 years old, he was sent to live with a priest in Kentucky. Two years later, his father passed away. This living situation with the priest after his fathers passing lasted for only two years. At the age of 11, with minimal education under his belt, Jones ran away to fend for himself. Jones had a talent for and an interest in mechanics. He would read extensively on the subject in addition to his daily work, while also educating himself in his spare time. By the time he was twenty, Jones had secured an engineering license in the state of Minnesota. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army during World War I where he was often called upon to make repairs to machines and other equipment.“(biography.com)” Even though he had a life of little education he was still able to change the world with his inventions. History.com stated that, “He received a patent for his invention in 1940, and co-founded the U.S. Thermo Control Company, later known as Thermo King. The company was critical during World War II, helping to preserve blood, food and supplies during the war.” Many people do not know that such an important necessity for daily life was invented by this African American inventor. Blackpast.org stated,”During World War II, there was such a big need for a unit to store things such as blood serum for transfusions and many types of medications. This led Jones to further his research into refrigeration. For this, he created an air-conditioning unit for military field hospitals and a refrigerator for military field kitchens. As a result, he was able to help save many lives. A modified form of his device is still in use today. Without this invention we wouldn’t be able to have weeks worth of food in our fridge or be able to save people on hand with blood at hospitals. The amazing part about this African American inventor is that the refrigerator is not the only thing he has invented. Frederick Jones has over 61 patents of inventions he’s created and black past.org says 40 of the patents are in refrigeration. Jones was a self-taught, African American engineer who pioneered the designs for mobile refrigeration. “A former race car driver and mechanic, Jones created the first mechanical refrigeration system for trucks in 1935. Some of Jones' other inventions were a portable x-ray machine, an air conditioning unit for military field hospitals, and a refrigerator for military field kitchens.”, Says Minnesota Historical society. He has even invented a ticket dispenser, air conditioning, thermostat, starter generator and more. I would like to acknowledge this influential entrepreneur for he has invented things that changed the world completely and even saved many lives. With his inventions he is able to help people everyday. I admire him because not only was he black and white like me but he was also able to change the world with little education. He was able to keep going even though his mother left him at a young age and his father passed away. It inspires me to want to be like him to change the world in my own way any way I can. Without Frederick Jones society would not be what it is today and that can be said about all the black entrepreneurs, inventors, and creators.
The new century continues to evolve. In a good and bad way most of the time. In this moment, I want to take the time to dwell on a few amazing accomplishments made by a few African Americans that were not so talked about in American history. After all, it is Black History Month. A month to celebrate black excellence and greatness.
Every February, people worldwide are invited to participate in Black History Month, festivities and events that honour the historic accomplishments of those whose names we know so well, but also an opportunity to recognize the everyday heroes.
The Real McCoy
Corporate spaces are melanin-void places. I started a new job in 2020. In this job, we celebrate the power of engineering, technology, and biology; the power of STEM. What’s often missing from corporate STEM is A – A for atypical, A for anti-establishment, A for anti-systemic oppression, A for anti-racism, A for my Aboriginal brothers and sisters, and A for my African-descended brothers and sisters. In my first week, in our brand-new office, we were given the task of naming meeting rooms after prolific Canadian STEM contributors. White man after white man after white man after white man after Roberta Bondar was suggested. I decided not to ignore A and pushed full STEAM ahead with Mr. Elijah McCoy (born May 2, 1844).
The truth about cotton fibers
Cotton fibers are one of the most versatile of all fibers. From warm weather apparel, active wear, upholstery, draperies, area rugs, towels, and so much more. Cotton is a cash crop in more than 80 Countries, because of its pleasing appearance, easy care, and moderate cost to produce. It has become essential to regions with climates that are capable of growing the plant. With rising demand for output of cotton and other plant based fibers, can these fibers continue to be sustainable for the environment?
Modernism in Architecture: An Evolution in Design
Most scholars trace the roots of modern architecture to around 1850, when the period marking the Industrial Revolution (around 1760-1840) had ended. Human societies were already enjoying the fruits of the mechanisation process, and numerous industries were thriving.
History about Plastic Polymer Company and Manufacturing
In building up my TED chat on substance engineers and on the advancements presently being utilized biomass feedstocks, I began to consider the progressions that have been occurring over various a very long time in crude materials for plastics and manufactured filaments from any polymer plastic company. I think this is a truly intriguing story.
The Writing Principles
Why did I choose to do this piece on writing? In my mind and throughout my life, I have always been a writer. Not because I have been physically writing for years, but because of my life experiences.