Category:Thomas Willson

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English: Thomas Leopold "Carbide" Willson (March 14, 1860 – December 20, 1915) was a Canadian inventor. Born on a farm near Princeton, Ontario, he had designed and patented the first electric arc lamps used in Hamilton, Ontario by the age of 21. Moving to the United States, he discovered an economically efficient process for creating calcium carbide, for which he sold the patent to Union Carbide in 1895. Moving back to Canada, he eventually settled in Ottawa and opened carbide plants both in Ontario (Merritton & Ottawa) and Quebec (Shawinigan). In 1911, he founded the International Marine Signal Company in Ottawa to manufacture marine buoys and lighthouse beacons. He was the first person to own a car in Ottawa. In 1907, he built a summer house on Meech Lake (notable years later for being the site of negotiations on the Meech Lake Accord.)
Thomas Willson  (1860–1915) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q7795218
Thomas Willson
Alternative names 汤马士威尔生; 湯馬士威爾生; Thomas willson; Thomas Leopold Willson; Carbide Willson
Description Canadian entrepreneur
Canadian inventor
Date of birth/death 14 March 1860 20 December 1915
Location of birth/death Princeton, Ontario New York City
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