Engelberger – Father of Robotics.
Joseph F. Engelberger, an American physicist, engineer, and businessman, was responsible for the birth of one the most important and impactful industries, gaining him global recognition as the Father of Robotics.
In 1956, Engelberger met American engineer and inventor George C. Devol at a cocktail party where the two discussed the writer Isaac Asimov’s robot philosophies and Devol’s patent-pending Programmed Article Transfer device. Engelberger identified the device as a robot, the first ever, and conceived of how it could be used in manufacturing, in particular to perform jobs dangerous to humans.
Forging an historic partnership, Engelberger began work with Devol to get his robotic device developed. In 1957 Engelberger convinced Norman Schafler, CEO of Condec Corp., the parent company of Consolidated Controls, a firm fo
unded and directed by Engelberger, to finance the development of Devol’s invention.