Frederick M. Jones (1892 – 1961), an American inventor known for the development of the first automatic refrigeration system for long-haul trucks in 1935. His inspiration for the refrigeration system came after a conversation with a truck driver who had just lost his entire shipment of chickens due to overheating. This invention eliminated the problem of food spoilage during long shipments, and in the process changed consumers’ eating habits. Jones' refrigeration system was later adapted to other common carriers such as railroad cars and ships. He also developed an air-conditioning unit for military field hospitals, a refrigerator for military field kitchens, a sound system adapting silent movie projectors to talking films, an apparatus for the movie box-office that delivers tickets and returns change to customers, and a self-starting gas engine.
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration History (National Academy of Engineering)
Frederick M. Jones: A Portrait of Innovation and Creativity (Woodland Hills Church Online)
Inventor of the Week: Frederick M. Jones (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)