Frederick Jones

By: Dakota Hughes


Frederick Jones was an inventor best known for the development of refrigeration equipment used to transport food and blood during World War II
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  • Occupation: Inventor
  • Birth date: May 17, 1893
  • Place of birthday: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Death date: February 11, 1961
  • Place of death: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Did you know?

Jones taught himself mechanical and electrical engineering, inventing a range of devices relating to refrigeration, sound and automobiles. Portable refrigeration units developed by Jones helped the United States military carry food and blood during World War II.

Early life

Frederick McKinley Jones was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 17, 1893. Both of his parents had died by the time Jones was 9 years old, at which point he went to live with a priest in Kentucky. This living situation lasted for two years. At the age of 11, Jones returned to Cincinnati and found work as a janitor, later working as an automobile mechanic.


Frederick Jones had talent for and an interest in mechanical work. He read extensively on the subject in addition to his daily work, educating himself in his spare time. In 1912, he moved to Minnesota to work as a mechanic on a farm. Jones served in the U.S. Army during World War I, returning to the farm following his service.

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