Robert Kearns, the Genius and blessed! Our Legend, The inventor of Intermittent Windshield Wiper Systems.
Robert Kearns, Full name Robert William Kearns
Dated: 10th March 1927- 9th February 2005
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Robert William Kearns invented a very important technology for automobiles industry, without which in today’s times, we cannot think driving cars, especially in those regions of the world where raining seasons are so unpredictable that a full sun now, and after a while it starts raining, to name a few places like this are a London, Scotland etc, and it’s the Intermittent Windshield Wiper Systems. After neck braking efforts and redoing his attempts to make it work and practical, Robert actually achieved his goal in 1969, when he could finally take this newly designed technology to Patent on 1st December, 1964 and thereafter to present it to the big Automobile manufacturers of that time, Like Chrysler, Ford Motor Company and more.
But due to their ill-legit proceedings, Kearns actually cased against Ford Motor Company from 1978-1990 and also to Chrysler Corporation in 1982 – 1992.
These Intermittent Wipers for windshield of the cars, which were very useful in rain, mist and fog to keep clear visibility while driving or to have a clear picture. Though, the automatic wipers where already invented but it was very disturbing for eyes and brain when they continuously moving , Kearns thought of producing something, we call it Solution.They say, that Kearns, got this idea accidentally when he opened a wine bottle upon his marriage and the cork got into his eyes. and then in a rainy day, when he turned the windshield wipers on, and they created a big stress to his brain, so then he actually started working a plan.
Hence, his this invention actually open new horizons for the car manufacturers to sell even more cars with fully equipped new technology. Kearns actually went to the car companies to sign licenses for their product supplies. But they misguided him and by asked him to send one machine to the head quarters to have an approval, but it never happened, because internally they have studied his mechanism and started producing them without even letting him know, but just delaying it, once it is actually installed in the latest model of Ford Mustang Sports model.
Kearns, got $10.1 million from Ford Motor Company to violate license for his patent and he received $30.3millon from Chrysler Corporation upon doing the same.
A 2008 film, ‘Flash of Genius’, Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit automakers who he claims stole his idea for the Intermittent Windshield Wiper. A must watch film, that covers his early life, family life as well as his professional life.