Joseph Fredrick Engelberger was born in Brooklyn, New York back in 1925. During the Great Depression, the family moved to Connecticut where he grew up. He returned to New York City attending for his college education receiving a B.S. in physics for Columbia University in 1946 and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1949.
In 1956, while at a cocktail party he met George Devol, and of course his life changed. Two years later they received a patent of Devol’s and the rest is history. Their design was first used at a General Motors Plant in Ewing Township, New Jersey in 1961. It wasn’t long before Chrysler and Ford Motor Company purchased the invention.
If you haven’t figured it out by now Joseph developed the first industrial robot in the United States, the Unimate. Later he developed robotic technology beyond the manufacturing plant, including those used in the health care, and space exploration field. He died in 2015, he was 90.
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