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About Charles Franklin Kettering
Born in an Ohio farmhouse, as an engineer he set up the Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company where he invented his most significant engine devices. He is most noted for inventing the first electrical ignition system and the self-starter for automobile engines and the first practical engine-driven generator. Kettering's engine-driven generator, named the 'Delco,' provided electricity on millions of farms. In 1916, he sold his company to General Motors.
In 1998, GMI Engineering and Management Institute (formerly General Motors Institute), of Flint, Michigan, changed its name to Kettering University in honor of Kettering. His ideals, prowess, and belief in co-operative education continue there. Kettering is also remembered through the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a cancer research and treatment center in New York City, and through the Kettering Health Network, which includes several hospitals and medical center campuses as well as Kettering College in Kettering, Ohio.
The city of Kettering, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton, was named after him when it was incorporated in 1955. The former U.S. Army Air Service testing field, McCook Field, is now a Dayton park called Kettering Field. Several U.S. public schools are named after him. The Kettering Science center on the Ashland University campus in Ohio is named for him. Kettering Hall at Wilmington College is named for him.