Johnson Controls founder Warren S. Johnson was inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) as a member of the Class of 2018. Johnson was honored posthumously for his invention of the temperature control.
According to the Hall of Fame, “Johnson's thermostat and multi-room temperature control system are commonplace for heating and cooling buildings of all types and sizes. He manufactured and marketed his system by establishing the Johnson Electric Service Company, now known as Johnson Controls.”
"Through events, exhibits and education programs, the National Inventors Hall of Fame honors individuals every year whose creativity, ingenuity and ability to overcome obstacles have transformed our world," said NIHF CEO Michael Oister. "The remarkable innovators in our Class of 2018 have made significant contributions to our lives in fields as varied as biotechnology, Internet security, groundwater remediation and wireless technology. They make our lives safer, healthier and more connected."
In 1883, Johnson received a patent, his first, for the “electric tele-thermoscope.” Overall, he received more than 50 patents during his career, mostly for devices aimed at harnessing the sustainable power derived from air, steam or fluid pressure.
In 1885, Johnson joined with Milwaukee businessman and financier William Plankinton to form the Johnson Electric Service Company. Johnson served as vice president and treasurer, and Plankinton as president. After Plankinton retired in 1901, Johnson was elected president, serving in that capacity until his death at age 64 in 1911.
The Class of 2018 was honored at "The Greatest Celebration of American Innovation," a two-day event held May 2-3, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Overall, 15 innovation pioneers whose inventions range from OLED displays to football's yellow "First and Ten Line" were honored as the newest Class of Inductees.