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Dr. Walter O. Snelling

Wrong Dr. Walter O. Snelling?

Founder

American Gasol Co.
 
Background

Employment History

  • Chemist and Explosives Expert
    U.S. Bureau of Mines
48 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
stargasproducts.com, 30 July 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
Without getting deep into its chemical ...
www.the-leader.net, 12 Mar 2014 [cached]
Without getting deep into its chemical properties, LP is a hydrocarbon byproduct of gasoline and natural gas production, first discovered in 1910 by U.S. Bureau of Mines chemist Walter O. Snelling, who also was instrumental in underwater explosives development and is credited, somewhat, with helping to make the Panama Canal possible.
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Snelling worked with several other scientists and engineers to quickly develop ways to commercialize the refining process, combining several gaseous components, including methane, isobutane and about 57 percent propane. He formed the American Gasol Company, and a few years later sold his patent for LP to what would eventually become known as the Phillips Petroleum Company.
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.)
Dr. Walter ...
www.allpropanemowers.com [cached]
Dr. Walter Snelling
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.
1912 Dr. Snelling and some colleagues established the American Gasol Co., the first commercial marketer of propane.
1913 Dr. Snelling sold his propane patent (#1,056,845, issued Mar. 25, 1913) for $50,000 to Frank Phillips, the founder of Phillips Petroleum Company.
It was "discovered" in 1910 by ...
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It was "discovered" in 1910 by chemist and U.S. Bureau of Mines explosives expert Dr. Walter O. Snelling, when he was asked to investigate vapors coming from the gas tank of a Ford Model T. After separating the liquid and gaseous components, he found propane to be a component of the liquid gas. Two years later Snelling founded American Gasol Co., the first commercial marketer of propane.
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