Samuel Cleland Davidson was born in County Down, Ireland back in 1846. He was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. At 15 he left to work at a Belfast civil engineering firm ran by William Hastings. In 1864, he left his job to work for his father who operated a flour mill. Later on, his father and uncle ran a business importing tea. Samuel was invited to take a trip to India to see how tea was manufactured.
With his background in agricultural and engineering knowledge he began to develop an improvement to significantly improve crop yields. He invented and developed a means to mass produce the tea crops. Returning to Ireland in 1874, he began to manufacture his patented tea machinery, as they say the rest is history. He died in 1921, he was 74.
What you may not know about Samuel is that he invented the first convection heating system for the drying of tea. This method became popular in schools, church halls and workrooms. In 1898, he introduced the first forward-bladed centrifugal fan. That fan evolved into the first air conditioning system. In 1921, he was knighted by King George V.
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