Business: Carrier to Syracuse

Mogul emperors four centuries ago in India hung wetted grass mats over the doors and windows on the windward side of their palaces. A slight breeze might then cool their throne rooms as much as 20°. In 1901, somewhat the same idea occurred to a young Buffalo engineer named Willis Carrier, now the 60-year-old chairman of Carrier Corp., only major U. S. company devoting itself exclusively to air conditioning. The rather obvious idea of the Mogul emperors has grown into an industry that is sometimes compared to aviation in its infancy, highly technological...

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