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2017 Dec 13


Frederick McKinley Jones Resources


Frederick McKinley Jones
Frederick McKinley Jones

Orphaned at age nine, Frederick McKinley Jones went on to become a self-taught engineer and inventor who held over sixty patents. In 1938 he came up with the idea of a self-contained, automatic-starting cooling unit for trucks, which not only led to the formation of the Thermo King Corporation but also dramatically changed the food industry. Now millions could enjoy food from around the world at any time of year.

Frederick McKinley Jones Resources

Frederick McKinley Jones in the MN150 Wiki

MHS Library Resource: Frederick Jones Papers

MHS Library Resource: The Man with a Million Ideas: Fred Jones, Genius/Inventor

MHS Visual Resources for Frederick McKinley Jones

MHS Library History Topics Page for Frederick McKinley Jones

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