Arthur Atwater Kent Sr. was born in Burlington, Vermont back in 1873. The family moved to Worchester, Massachusetts in 1881. He entered Worchester Polytechnic Institute majoring in mechanical engineering. He excelled in mechanics and drawing, but he was weak in chemistry, algebra and language, having no interest in those subjects.
He started the Kent Electric Manufacturing Company where he sold electric motors and generators. In 1921, he was producing radio components. His business was so successful he built a plant that eventually covered 32 acres in North Philadelphia. By 1925 it was the largest maker of radios in the United States, employing over 12,00 workers. He died in 1949 in Hollywood, California he was 75.
What you may not know about Arthur is that in 1921, he patented the modern for of the automobile ignition coil, it was the automobile industry standard for almost 50 years, until the advent of the HEI system.
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