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Flint in Genesee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Charles Kettering

The Hands of the Inventor

 
 
Charles Kettering Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 26, 2021
1. Charles Kettering Marker
Inscription.  He advocated hands-on education through his life. Combining electrical engineering education with rich work experience, in 1909 Charles Kettering co-founded DELCO where he invented the automotive electric starter and lighting system that revolutionized the auto industry.

In 1920, General Motors bought his company, and his inventions continued with GM for 31 years, ranging from Freon to safety glass to automatic transmissions. He always encouraged hands-on education at General Motors Institute which, in 1998, was renamed Kettering University.

"Things are labeled 'scientific' when a man desires to talk over the heads of his listeners, and a project is called 'technical when he doesn't understand it himself."
-Charles Kettering

You Auto Know

Kettering's home in Dayton, Ohio was the first air conditioned home in America.
 
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1909.
 
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43° 0.723′ N, 83° 42.692′ W. Marker is in Flint, Michigan, in Genesee County. Marker is at the intersection of North Chevrolet Avenue and Bluff Street, on the left on North Chevrolet Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1700 University Ave, Flint MI 48504, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Learning Leadership (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sitting For 44 Days (about 700 feet away); Body By Fisher (about 700 feet away); Chevrolet Empire (about 700 feet away); Flint Industry / GM Sit-Down Strike (about 700 feet away); At Their Side (about 700 feet away); Glenwood Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Michigan School for the Deaf / Superintendent's Cottage (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flint.
 
Charles Kettering Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 26, 2021
2. Charles Kettering Marker
Charles Kettering Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 26, 2021
3. Charles Kettering Marker
Inset photo (Lower left) caption: Kettering working on the electric starter for the automobile, about 1911. Photo courtesy of the Kettering University Archives, Flint.
Charles Kettering Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 26, 2021
4. Charles Kettering Marker
Inset photo (Bottom center) caption: Kettering working on a starter on a 1913 Buick. Photo courtesy of the Kettering University Archives, Flint.
Charles Kettering Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 26, 2021
5. Charles Kettering Marker
Inset photo (Lower right) caption: Charles Stewart Mott and Charles Kettering during a test of the copper-cooled engine in 1921. Photo courtesy of the Kettering University Archives, Flint.
Kettering's lifetime achievements earned him a <i>Time Magazine</i> cover in 1933. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Public Domanin, January 9, 1933
6. Kettering's lifetime achievements earned him a Time Magazine cover in 1933.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 125 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 5, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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