Bowser, Sylvanus F.

[br]
fl. 1880s
[br]
American mechanic and inventor of the first fuel-dispensing pump.
[br]
Bowser lived and worked in Fort Wayne, Texas. In 1885 he was approached by a local storekeeper, Jake Gumper, who had been receiving complaints from some of his customers. Gumper's store stocked both kerosene (lamp oil) and butter, and the two were stored alongside each other; the kerosene cask leaked and tainted the butter. Gumper consulted Bowser, but neither of them considered the obvious idea of moving the two containers further apart; instead, working in an adjacent barn, Bowser set about devising a means of dispensing kerosene in given quantities.
He delivered his invention to Gumper on 5 September 1885. It was a circular tank with a cylinder soldered inside and an outlet pipe attached to the top. A hand-operated piston controlled two marble valves and wooden plungers which were fitted inside the cylinder. When the wooden handle was raised, a gallon of kerosene flowed from the tank into the cylinder, and when the handle was lowered the liquid was discharged.
He formed S.F.Bowser \& Co. of Fort Wayne to exploit his invention, and twenty years later the company was producing pumps for motor spirit. In 1925 the Bowser Red Sentry, which registered quantity on a clock dial, was introduced. The first automatic "Bowser" in Britain was put into operation in a Manchester garage in 1921.
[br]
Further Reading
P.Robertson, 1974, The Shell Book of Firsts, London: Ebury Press \& Michael Joseph.
IMcN

Biographical history of technology. - Taylor & Francis e-Librar. . 2005.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Sylvanus Bowser — (died 1938) is widely credited with inventing the automobile fuel pump. Bowser Avenue in his hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana is named after him. [cite web | url=http://jordan.fortwayne.com/ns/projects/south/se1.php | title=Then Bowser Avenue in… …   Wikipedia

  • Bowser — may mean:*Bowser, British Columbia, an unincorporated community on Vancouver Island *Bowser and Blue *Bowser and Blitz from C.O.P.S. *Bowser (Nintendo), the main villain in the Mario series of video games *Bowser (tanker), a generic name for a… …   Wikipedia

  • Automotive engineering — See also: INDEX BY SUBJECT AREA [br] Ackermann, Rudolph Austin, Herbert Benz, Karl Bollée, Ernest Sylvain Bosch, Robert August Bouton, Georges Thadé Bowser, Sylvanus F. Butler, Edward …   Biographical history of technology

  • Chemical technology — See also: INDEX BY SUBJECT AREA [br] Abel, Sir Frederick August Argand, François Pierre Amis Baekeland, Leo Hendrik Bell, Sir Isaac Lowthian Bergius, Friedrich Carl Rudolf Bissell, George Henry …   Biographical history of technology

  • Fuel dispenser — A fuel dispenser is a machine at a filling station that is used to pump gasoline, diesel, CNG, CGH2, HCNG, LPG, LH2, ethanol fuel, biofuels like biodiesel, kerosene, or other types of fuel into vehicles. Fuel dispensers are also known as bowsers… …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from Fort Wayne, Indiana — The following is a list of notable natives, residents, or former residents of Fort Wayne, Indiana.Notable natives and former residentsArtists, designers, architects* Bill Blass, fashion designer * Jack Boyd Buckley, civil engineer * Steven… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.