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Posted in: 18/10/2017

Meet Margaret A. Wilcox, the woman who invented the first car heater

The next time you enter your car and turn the heater on, make a silent thank you note to the woman who invented the first car heater – Margaret A. Wilcox.

Born in Chicago in 1838, Margaret was one of the few mechanical engineer of her time. It is known she liked to try different ideas with the hope to invent something meaningful. And for those who enjoy the warmth from a car heater on a rigorous winter morning, there is no question she invented something irreplaceable.

The heating system for automobiles planned by Margaret Wilcox was created to make the air run through the engine with the goal of heating up the beaten up fingers of aristocratic drivers from the 20th century. Her invention was welcomed until people became worried because the temperature could not be regulated.

Nonetheless, Wilcox was granted the patent for the device for interior car heating in November of 1893. Her invention was the basis for the modern car heater used nowadays, a indispensible option which is standard even in the most basic trim levels of every car sold.

The work of this American citizen is inspirational to show how women are important in the automobile industry. And, despite some who think the opposite, women know a lot about cars. Every time there is more and more contribution coming from women. That’s why we decided to write a series of texts showing the knowledge and contribution of woman to an area commonly known as man area.

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