William Robinson was born in Ireland back in 1840. I don’t know when he moved to the United States but he grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He received his B.A. in 1865, his M.A. in 1868 and his Ph.D. in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from Boston University in 1907.
In 1867, during his spare time he began developing a system that is still in use to this day. it took him three years before installing it in 1870. He started his own company in 1873, more on that in a moment. That company was bought out in 1881. He held several patents, the first coaster brake used on bicycles, roller bearing skates and a repeating telephone. He died in 1921 at 80 in Brooklyn, New York.
What you may not know about William is that he invented the first track circuit used in railway signaling, that system consisted of a series of signals that divide a railway line into a series of blocks. It controlled the movement of trains using automatic signals designed to allow trains to operate in the same direction in a safe manner without the risk of rear-end collisions. He also invented the electrical controlled fluid pressure signal system, an automatic elector-pneumatic signal system and the closed track circuit system.
Until tomorrow I bid you a happy day filled with laughter and smiles.