Inventors and Patents From the City of Tulsa
From 2006 to 2010, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted 570 patents to residents of the Tulsa metro area. That’s more than two percent of the total worldwide. The patents were granted to American and foreign organizations as well as independent inventors. These patents involve improvements to processes, manufactured items, and compositions of matter.
NEXRAD (Next-Generation Weather Radar)
NEXRAD is a technology that detects, processes, and distributes weather information. It was developed through a joint program between the Department of Commerce’s National Weather Service and the Department of Defense. The system uses a Doppler system that detects atmospheric movement.
NEXRAD data are classified according to their processing level. Level II data are base products with original resolution. These are recorded at all NWS sites, and most FAA and USAF stations. Level III data are post-processed and reduced in resolution.
NEXRAD technology is a breakthrough in weather forecasting. It is a combination of technology and mathematics that aims to predict storms before they hit the ground. The technology was invented by University of Oklahoma meteorology professors and the Operational Support Facility is located in Norman, Oklahoma.
The NEXRAD technology is built on the S-Band radar spectrum, operating at a frequency of 2,700 to 3,000 MHz. It works in two basic modes: Clear Air Mode and Precipitation Mode. Clear Air Mode tracks the movement of air while Precipitation Mode tracks active weather. Both modes are based on the reflectivity-rainfall rate relationships and have their own strengths and weaknesses.
NEXRAD is a weather radar system that is used to detect storms. It is a network of ground-based weather radar stations. There are two types of NEXRAD systems: single-site systems and networks of coordinated ground radar sites. Another example is the PANTHERE system, which works with a NEXRAD transmitter.
Carlton Cole Magee
Carl Magee was born in Fayette, Iowa in 1872. He went on to earn his law degree at Upper Iowa University and later moved to Oklahoma City. During that time, Magee worked for the Oklahoma News and was the editor. He was also involved in exposing the Albert B. Fall scandal, which occurred in Oklahoma City’s Teapot Dome. Later, Magee became an attorney in the Oklahoma City area, where he founded the New Mexico State Tribune. His invention, the parking meter, was installed in Oklahoma City on July 16, 1935.
The parking meter was Magee’s creation. He patented his invention in 1932 and enlisted the help of the Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College. Magee’s first parking meter featured a clock-type mainspring that required winding by parking patrons. This innovation later became the basis for a company that would become POM, Inc.
In 1933, Magee served as chairman of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce’s traffic committee. His goal was to reduce the downtown traffic congestion. Local merchants had complained about a low turnover of traffic. Magee had the answer. His invention was a mechanical device that operated on coins.
In 1966, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation published an annual report. This was followed by a report by the Oklahoma Anthropological Society Newsletter. The Oklahoma State Capitol Area and the Oklahoma Christian College published annual reports in 1966. They were signed by Herbert L. Branan and T. C. Arbuckle. The Oklahoma Historical Society also published the annual report for 1966. In 2007, the Oklahoma Historical Society compiled a history of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State Capitol Area was proposed as the location of an Interstate Rocky Mountain-Gulf Thruway.
In 1969, Swisher created the world’s first self-propelled road construction apparatus, a machine that has revolutionized the highway construction industry. This invention has spawned the growth of a world-renowned company.
Swisher’s invention was patented in the U.S. and was the subject of several patent applications. He holds two U.S. patents, one entitled “process for continuous crystal growth,” assigned to Oakley, Inc. of Memphis, and another one, U.S. Patent No. 8,784,393.
Patrick Delehanty invented the Trail Blaster, a timed aerosol spray device for hunters. It is designed to cover the hunter’s scent and attract wild game in the woods. It uses a pungent attraction odor and timed-release masking agent.
Greg Strope is one of the Tulsa area’s most prominent inventors. He received his first patent in 2005, for a device that made securing fishing line easier. Strope works in his family’s manufacturing business. Tie-downs are common to secure cargo, but they can be cumbersome, especially when a truck is in motion. Excess tie-down can get caught in a rotating tire, making the process difficult or even dangerous. The new device makes securing cargo much faster and safer. He developed the device with the help of his family and is now working on the marketing phase of the invention.