Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
Hall of Fame


Willis Haviland Carrier,  1876-1950

When going home by train in the evening from the office, Carrier would so immerse himself in his problems that he frequently
went through his home station. This happened so often that he was driven to moving his home to the terminal station on the line.
Stories of Willis Haviland Carrier, J A E (Archie) Heard, CIBSE Heritage Group Collection.


Dr Willis Carrier

The Father of Air Conditioning, was born on a farm in Angola in New York State. He won a State Scholarship to Cornell University where he graduated with degree of Mechanical Engineer in Electrical Engineering (1901). He joined Buffalo Forge Co, later forming a subsidiary called Carrier Air Conditioning Co of America (1907). He published his paper Rational Psychrometric Formulae (ASME, 1911), and the famous Buffalo Forge “bible” Fan Engineering (1914). He founded Carrier Engineering Corporation (1914) and went on to take air conditioning, which had been  initially for industrial applications, into the comfort business in cinemas, department stores and restaurants. He patented the high-pressure air washer (1906); the centrifugal water chiller (1922); pioneered air conditioning for railway coaches and passenger liners (1930); introduced unit air conditioners for the home, and high velocity induction systems for offices (1939). With Realto Cherne and Walter Grant, Carrier wrote the best known of all air conditioning textbooks, Modern Air Conditioning, Heating and Ventilating (1940). 


Founders of Carrier 

Engineering Corporation
Back row left to right

 Edmund Heckel     Ernest Lyle    
   Alfred Stacey jr

        Front row left to right

 Logan Lewis    Willis Carrier  
       Irvine Lyle   Edward Murphy


First Carrier 

Machine  1923

  J Roger Preston, 1878-1949

Preston was born in Westmorland, educated near Warrington and apprenticed to the heating and ventilating firm of A Seward & Co of Lancaster. He won first prize in the Assistants’ Competition promoted by the IHVE for two years running (1906-7). During these years he also won the Saxon-Snell Prize of the Royal Sanitary Institute and their special prize for his paper, Heating & Ventilating of Public Buildings. He went on to join Jones & Attwood of Stourbridge, helping Walter Jones in his technical researches and later took charge of the heating department of Maguire & Gatchell  Ltd, Dublin (1910), before becoming a director of Mumford Bailey & Preston. He broke away to set up his own contracting business (1924), later turning it into a consultancy practice. He developed an electric air speed meter (1907), a double-duct air conditioning system (1909), and a Heating Main Calculator (slide rule). Preston was a President of the IHVE (1929).

Bryan Lawrence  1923 - 2010

Bryan Lawrence was born in 1923 and educated in  ????

During WWII 1941 - 1945 he served with the RAF instructing
bomber crews.

Upon leaving the RAF he trained as a heating and ventilating
engineer and was one of the
first intake of Students to attend
the newly
formed National College for Heating, Ventilation
Refrigeration and Fan Engineering in London where he obtained
the College Diploma.

After completing the College course he was invited to become
a Lecturer at the College
and from 1948 onwards he taught Air
and Refrigeration to future students for 35 years
until retiring in 1983.

He was actively involved with the science of psychrometrics
creating the layout of the
psychrometric chart and wrote many
and articles for the Journal of the IHVE.

To read and discover about his activities and accomplishments throughout 50 years of service dedicated to Building
Engineering Services and the Institution.

AUGUST   2002