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Timeline of Cooling Inventions

General Knowledge | 7-14 yrs | Reading Pod

Cooling Through Time

A timeline about the history of cooling inventions.

  • From 3050 BC – 645 AD : In ancient Egypt, slaves fanned pharaohs with lotus leaves.
  • 200 AD : Roman emperors had mountain snow brought to their gardens.
  • 1040-1797 AD : Wind towers developed in medieval Persia. They feature small windows that capture gusts of wind and funnel them downwards. They are still used in the Middle East.
  • 1882 : Schuyler Skaats Wheeler uses the new science of electricity to invent the electric fan.
  • 1902 : 25 year old Willis Carrier invents the air conditioner.
  • 1930 : The cooler is developed. It uses evaporative cooling, like the ancient Egyptians did.
  • Future : Cooling by sound waves instead of refrigerants in air conditioners is being tested.
  • Future : Magnetic air conditioners that use magnets instead of compressors and refrigerants could replace current air conditioners.
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