Continuing on with the theme…
“Changing The World …One Paper Ring at a time.” – Ruth J Miro
Ruth J Miro was born in New York City and raised in the Bronx. She is the founder of RJ Miro, and the inventor of personalized paper rings. Among her certificates and notable recognitions are included: Empire Who’s Who, Manchester Who’s Who, and Wall of Tolerance; for her “public stand against hate, injustice and intolerance, and those leading the way toward a more just America.”
As a successful African American entrepreneur, Miro believes in giving back to her community stating, “I would like to see more African American stores buying and selling African American products.”
Ruth Miro has been issued U.S. patent #6,113,298 for a paper ring and patent #6,764,100 for a stationery organizer.
Rufus Stokes grew up in the rural South and attended public school in Alabama until he was 18 years old. On November 5, 1940, just before receiving his high school diploma, Rufus Stokes enlisted in the US Army at Fort Benning, Georgia in the Quartermaster Corps. In the Army, he attended a technical school where he received auto mechanic training. He was deployed in western Europe and served predominantly in the Rhineland campaign. Upon his discharge, he was decorated with an American Defense Service Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.
He later created a smaller domestic version and a larger mobile version of the air purification device to show its versatility. This device further reduced the ash emissions of the furnace and power plant smokestack emissions. Moreover, it was not limited by design and configuration, meaning that its efficiency remained excellent regardless of industrial or residential applications. This was not true of typical air pollution control technologies, such as electrostatic precipitators, bag houses, and wet scrubbers. Conversely, the larger the device that utilized these approaches, the more cumbersome and inefficient it became. The core of Dr. Stokes technology was a unique utilization of what he described as “the three Ts”: Temperature, Time and Turbulence. In his patent applications (U.S., U.K., Germany and Japan), he provided only data sufficient to obtain patent approval. Other critical processes involving variations of physics were not revealed, but nevertheless manifest in demonstrations to municipal, State and Federal officials and engineering firms such as A.T. Kearney. The ability of the APC-100 to convert particulate matter and toxic gases resulting from the burning of rubber tires and other combustibles to steam was a constant source of intrigue to those who witnessed its operation.
In 1982, Rufus Stokes was granted a doctor of science degree from Heed University in Hollywood, Florida on account of his scientific achievements. In 1985, he moved to Claremont, California where he died of mesothelioma, an asbestos-related disease in 1986. Ironically, his death coincided with his being brought in as a consultant to the Los Angeles Hyperian Waste Water Treatment facility.
Stokes’ inventions led to a direct improvement to air quality, but more importantly, brought attention to the idea that scientists could work to reduce pollution and harmful gases in the atmosphere. Notably, he has been honored with inclusion in the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) list of “Energy Pioneers”, as well as being acknowledged in the technology white paper “Quantum Parallel”.
Many of his research and development papers, correspondence and diagrams are included in archival data donated to the University of Illinois at Chicago Library by publisher/graphic artist and military aviator Eugene Winslow, a long time friend and business colleague. They are accessible to researchers subsequent to appropriate inquiry.
Benefits of Rufus Stokes’ Invention
The system benefited the respiratory health of people, but also eased the health risks to plants and animals. A side-effect of reduced industrial stack emissions was the improved appearance and durability of buildings, cars, and objects exposed to outdoor pollution for lengthy periods.
Patents Issued to Rufus Stokes
- #3,378,24 issued on 14/16/1968 for an exhaust purifier
- #3,520,113 issued on 7/14/1970 for an air pollution control device
***Information courtesy of Wikipedia.org and About.com***