Joseph Fredrick Engelberger

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good mornng, James Dray robotic surgery is the latest and greatest..... that's how weight loss surgery is performed now....robotically....

Nov 19, 2019 03:12 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Looks as if you are popular with the spammers this morning. Need a robot to cut them out! Where is Joseph? Enjoy your day!

Nov 19, 2019 04:23 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

What a contribution to modern manufacturing, now we just need someone to go after those spammers.

Nov 19, 2019 04:45 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

He needs to come back and help them with inventing an electric car, that seems to be the future, haha.

Nov 19, 2019 04:48 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A very good read today. Sounds like the two were in perfect harmony.

Nov 19, 2019 04:50 AM #7
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... now that is an invetion that has had major influence on our lives and will continue to do so in future.

Nov 19, 2019 04:57 AM #8
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I remember reading I, Robot

by Isaac Asimov – 1950
Make yourself an astonishing day.
Nov 19, 2019 05:05 AM #9
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

You've found a man who was very creative and made a difference in so many of your lives with his inventions. Thanks for the history lesson.

Nov 19, 2019 05:06 AM #10
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

A chance meeting in 1956... what an advancement in technology that was created.

Nov 19, 2019 06:27 AM #11
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi James - that is forward-thinking especially when it was first invented.  Actually, even today....  Such possibilities...

Nov 19, 2019 06:40 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have no idea, and as always appreciate your educating us.  I once saw a play where the wife was a robot.  It was very funny.  A

Nov 19, 2019 10:53 AM #13
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

You find such interesting peopleto reveal to us here who have done the most amazing things, makes you wonder about the people around you and what they have done.

Nov 19, 2019 12:50 PM #14
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James Dray - robotics are not used everywhere including most surgery.

Nov 19, 2019 12:58 PM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Interesting to read about the forefathers of the robotics industry. That chance meeting led to many more innovations.

Nov 19, 2019 02:38 PM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- that really was interesting, and nice to know that he lived a long and productive life. 

Nov 19, 2019 02:52 PM #18
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Joseph Frederick Engelberger helped to bring us the first industrial robot. I am guessing he lived to see newer generations of his creation deliver his room service order or clean his carpet.

Nov 19, 2019 04:57 PM #19
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing yet another interesting piece of history.   He helped us all take a giant step into the world of robotics.

Nov 19, 2019 05:35 PM #20
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Interesting James and where would we be now, still in the dark ages without robots to do most the work.


Nov 20, 2019 07:48 AM #21
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That was a paradigm shift in automotive technology.

Nov 30, 2019 08:22 AM #22
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