Born December 23, 1863 – July 28, 1943
Patent #: 947,242
Albert Kingsbury invented novel designs for thrust bearings in the early
20th century. Their introduction into the machine industry contributed
significantly to increasing the longevity and performance of many devices,
including compressors, propeller shafts, and turbines.
Born in Morris, Illinois, Kingsbury studied at Cornell University before teaching at universities for fourteen years. During this time, he developed the concept for a thrust bearing, which consisted of a shaft rotating within a bearing housing. This housing contained a series of ring bearings and washers, the latter of which could be manipulated and placed between the ring-bearing segments to create the maximum pressure necessary for lubrication.