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Dr. Walter O. Snelling

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Background

Employment History

  • Chemist and Explosives Expert
    U.S. Bureau of Mines

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    American Gasol Co.
49 Total References
Web References
Hudson Valley propane gas distributors offering propane gas estimates, installations, and propane deliveries - Star Gas Products, Inc. -The History of Propane - Star Gas Products, Inc.
stargasproducts.com, 31 May 2015 [cached]
In 1910, Dr. Walter O. Snelling, a chemist and explosives expert for the U.S. Bureau of Mines, was contacted to investigate vapors coming from a gasoline tank vent of a newly purchased Ford Model T. Dr. Snelling filled a glass jug with the gasoline from the Ford Model T and discovered on his way back to the lab that volatile vapors were forming in the jug, causing its cork to repeatedly pop out. He began experimenting with these vaporous gases to find methods to control and hold them. After dividing the gas into its liquid and gaseous components, he learned that propane was one component of the liquefied gas mixture. He soon learned that this propane component could be used for lighting, metal cutting, and cooking. That discovery marked the birth of the propane industry.
The Growth of an Industry
1912 Dr. Snelling and colleagues established the American Gasol Co., the first commercial marketer of propane.
1913 Dr. Snelling sold his propane patent for $50,000 to Frank Phillips, the founder of
Hudson Valley propane gas distributors offering propane gas estimates, installations, and propane deliveries - Star Gas Products, Inc. -News And Tips Archives - Star Gas Products, Inc.
stargasproducts.com, 31 May 2015 [cached]
The Discovery In 1910, Dr. Walter O. Snelling, a chemist and explosives expert for the U.S. Bureau of Mines, was contacted to investigate vapors coming from a gasoline tank vent of a newly purchased Ford Model T. Dr. Snelling filled ... Read More ▶
The History of Propane First discovered ...
lingas.com, 11 June 2014 [cached]
The History of Propane First discovered in 1910 by chemist Walter Snelling, propane is a naturally occurring fossil fuel that is also produced as a by-product of natural gas processing and crude oil refining.
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First discovered in 1910 by chemist Walter Snelling, propane is a naturally occurring fossil fuel that is also produced as a by-product of natural gas processing and crude oil refining. Propane is a hydrocarbon consisting of three Carbon atoms and eight Hydrogen atoms (C3H8), and is odorless, colorless, and non-toxic.
As a chemist and explosives expert with the US Bureau of Mines, Snelling is credited with the development of an underwater detonator in 1907, greatly aiding the US in the construction of the Panama Canal. In 1910, after being contacted to investigate vapors coming from the gas tank of a Model T vehicle, Snelling was able to separate the components of the gasoline into liquid and vapor forms. One of these vapor forms was propane, which Snelling was able to compress into a liquid.
Your Business
www.yatesgas.com, 26 April 2014 [cached]
In 1910, Dr. Walter O. Snelling, a chemist and explosives expert for the U.S. Bureau of Mines, was contacted to investigate vapors coming from a gasoline tank vent of a newly purchased Ford Model T. Dr. Snelling filled a glass jug with the gasoline from the Ford Model T and discovered on his way back to the lab that volatile vapors were forming in the jug, causing its cork to repeatedly pop out. He began experimenting with these vaporous gases to find methods to control and hold them, soon learning that propane was one component of the liquefied gas mixture and this propane component could be used for lighting, metal cutting, and cooking.
Kentucky Propane Education and Research Council
www.choosepropane.org, 12 Jan 2014 [cached]
In 1910, Dr. Walter O. Snelling, a chemist and explosives expert for the U.S. Bureau of Mines, was contacted to investigate vapors coming from a gasoline tank vent of a newly purchased Ford Model T. Dr. Snelling filled a glass jug with the gasoline from the Ford Model T and discovered on his way back to the lab that volatile vapors were forming in the jug, causing its cork to repeatedly pop out. He began experimenting with these vaporous gases to find methods to control and hold them. After dividing the gas into its liquid and gaseous components, he learned that propane was one component of the liquefied gas mixture. He soon learned that this propane component could be used for lighting, metal cutting, and cooking. That discovery marked the birth of the propane industry.
The Growth of an Industry 1912 Dr. Snelling and colleagues established the American Gasol Co., the first commercial marketer of propane.
1913 Dr. Snelling sold his propane patent for $50,000 to Frank Phillips, the founder of Phillips Petroleum Co. (In 2002, Phillips Petroleum merged with Conoco Inc. to form ConocoPhillips.)
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