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Beatty, Donald Croom
b. 11 Apr. 1900; d. 12 July 1980 - Jefferson County, AL; buried: Elmwood Cemetery (Birmingham, AL)
Donald Croom Beatty
Aviator, Explorer, Inventor
Donald Croom Beatty was born in 1900 in Birmingham.
Beatty's aviation career began in 1916 when, in a self-built plane, he made his first solo flight at his grandfather's farm in Tarrant.
In the 1930's, while flying in the Andes of South America, Beatty set up the first system of voice communications, plane-to-ground, considered by many to be his greatest contribution to international aviation. He also developed the concept of seasonally varying flight altitudes and routes; reporting at five-minute intervals on grid-type, alphabetic-numerical coordinates, enabling ready location of downed planes; and he pioneered and surveyed many trans-Andean air routes. In World War II, Beatty directed operations of the Ferry Command under the code name "Consairway," ferrying bombers into all areas of the war zone. The effort developed from a one-man rescue mission to the world's most efficient, trans-oceanic airline. He pioneered development of barometric route selecting, a more efficient method of air navigation for long, over-water flights.
As owner of the frequency, Beatty built the first voice radio stations in Alabama, WIAG and WSY, which broadcast weather reports to aid in flight safety.
The D. C. Beatty Latin American Expedition (1931-32) among the headhunters in Ecuador and Peru earned him membership in the prestigious Explorers Club of New York, the Royal Geographical Society of London and the medal of the Smithson Society of the Smithsonian Institution, which honored him for "the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men."
Beatty's documented inventiveness began with a patent for the refinement of a crystal radio. During his lifetime, he obtained many patents, most concerning electronic communication equipment. Among commonly used devices, he held the first patents on the telephone answering machine, the automatic dialer, and the "hands-free" telephone. Other patents include "GAALT", a solid state vario-amplifier instrumental in the development of pioneer space satellites that are now used on every continent.
Donald Croom Beatty died in Birmingham, July 12, 1980.
Donald Croom Beatty was inducted into the Alabama Men's Hall of Fame in 1992.
Not fact, but factum. It basically lays out what will be presented in a court before the case. both sides submit a factum to the judge. It gives an overview of the case. You can find it here. This was the only document that turned up when i searched for his legal name in quotations, "Donald Croom Beatty Jr."
Originally posted by hinky
I posted the patent info on the vario amplifier on the other thread going on now.
What this guy actually did was miniaturize electronics from vacuum technology to transistor technology. He was a sharp guy to figure this out. If he made money, it would have come in the later years of his patents life, from the late 60's to 70's. All listed patents would have ran out now.
Originally posted by WuTang
reply to post by battlestargalactica
Upon further review, I am led to believe that the Telecommunications Systems Inc. is a different company than International Telecommunications Systems Inc. The company you linked was founded in 2000, long after the GAALT trademark was registered.
The confusing naming of several companies seemingly to be very similar to the ones we are investigating is a little suspicious. Americall searches produced a company called Americall Group, which as far as I can tell is a completely different entity (as they have TMs registered to themselves, and not ITS Inc).
This is getting a little wierd, in that these companies who have supposedly created some very important communications technologies have absolutely no mention in the history books whatsoever (besides that of the Alabama Mens Hall of Fame).