Obelisk Stone Toledo Press Club Award - Harold McMaster Solar Cell Glass Genius For Sale
Obelisk Stone Toledo Press Club Award - Harold McMaster Solar Cell Glass Genius:
Here is a very rare chance to own a fantastic award to Harold and Helen McMaster. Harold was a NW Ohio inventor and developer of solar cells. McMaster Hall at the University of Toledo is named after him. This stone award is about 12 1/2 inches tall and I think is made from granite, so it is quite heavy. It is very rare to own awards from nationally famous inventors. Obtained directly from his estate. Below is information about him.
Harold A. McMaster(July 20, 1916 – August 25, 2003) was aninventorwith over 100 patents andentrepreneurwho founded four companies. Fortune Magazine called him "The Glass Genius".He also worked on developing commercial-scale solar cell technology, and developed a new type of engine, the "McMaster Rotary Engine."
McMaster was an inventor early on. His father gave him a set of tools at age 6. By 8, he had built a set of farm machinery, by 10, a threshing machine that husked corn, and by 12 he was making car motors.
Following his graduation fromOhio Statewith a combined master's degree inphysics,mathematics, andastronomyin 1939, McMaster worked as the first researchphysicistever employed by theLibbey Owens FordGlass inToledo, Ohio.He received his first patent during WWII for aperiscopeused byfighter pilotsto see behind them.
In 1948, he started his own company, Permaglass, producing curved and tempered glass for the consumer and automotive markets. Within 3 months, he was producing glass for appliances, and for display cases; within 3 years, Permaglass was a leading manufacturer of glass plates for television sets. As the auto and electronics industries boomed in the 1950s, Permaglass was very successful. McMaster merged Permaglass intoGuardian IndustriesofDetroit,Michiganin 1969, creating the third-largest glass company in the world, and left the company in 1971.
Inspired by a vacation in sunnyArizona, McMaster began another company, Glasstech Solar, in 1984, to produce cost-effectivesolar arrays. His insight was that the essential cost element of large area solar arrays was glass, and he could treat the actual solar cell as simply a different kind of coating on glass. After doing little except absorbing $12 million cash, McMaster gave up on theamorphous siliconresearch, offered to pay back the 57 investors who followed him into solar cells. He then raised yet another $15 million to create Solar Cells Inc. in Toledo OH to work on a differentthin-film technology,cadmium telluride photovoltaics. By 1997, Solar Cells had a prototype production machine. In 1995, he brought in a new president, and bought still more stock in the company to fund research, although the company had yet to pay a dividend.According to Ken Zweibel, former head of the Thin Film Partnership program at theDepartment of Energy'sNational Renewable Energy Laboratory, SCI was clearly the industry leader in thin-film photovoltaic technology.In 1999, True North Partners, LLC purchased controlling interest, and renamed the companyFirst SolarLLC.
According to his obituary in the local paper, theToledo Blade, "Some believe he will be remembered as the "father" of commercial-scale solar energy, having practically handed the needed technology to society on a platter in the 1990s."
Since the 1940s, McMaster was sketching and tinkering with models, continuously reworking various designs for what has since become the McMaster Rotary Engine (MRE), Patent US2002043238, 'Wobble engine'. His son Ronald started working on the project in the 1970s, and brother Robert joined in after the sale of Solar Cells Inc. in 1999.The engine is shaped like a drum with the same circumference as a basketball, and is claimed to:
- Weigh only one-tenth as much as a current six-cylinder engine
- Have only two moving parts other than a ball valve; eight parts total
- function under water or deep in space
Unlike theWankelrotary, which has a heavy rotor, the MRE rotor is light wobble plate, promising greater efficiency. In addition to the two-cycle basketball model, work is continuing on a two-cycle engine about the size of a coffee-can that could be built into wheel hubs,and a four-cycle gasoline version, as well as an engine based on a two-part fuel system utilizing gaseous hydrogen and oxygen US2002043238
TheHarold and Helen McMaster Foundationwas founded in 1988, and has made contributions to libraries, colleges, universities, museums, and hospitals in NorthwestOhioand SoutheastMichigan.
Harold McMaster was born on atenant farmnearDeshler, Ohio.He met his wife, the former Helen Clark, while both were students atDefiance Collegein the 1930s. Harold McMaster died in 2003.Awards
- Doctor of Science (honorary),The Ohio State University
- Doctor of Science (honorary),Defiance College
- Pilgrim Award,Defiance College
- Ohio State University Department of Physics Distinguished Alumni Award
- Ohio Department of Development Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 1998
- National Glass Industry's Phoenix Award
- Engineering and Science Hall of Fame,Dayton
- Ohio Science and Technology Hall of Fame,Columbus.
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