Container Inventor Dies, age 92

California born engineer and inventor Keith W. (Tant) Tantlinger, he was aged 92 and died at home in Escondido, California last week.

Although strictly speaking he was not the inventor of the container, instead, he invented the corner casting and twist lock system that enabled them to become a practical commercially viable and  revolutionise logistics

The New York Times has a good article, click here to read

Thus, without ever intending to, Mr. Tantlinger, an engineer who died at 92 on Aug. 27 and who had long worked out of the limelight, helped bring about the vast web of international trade that is a fact of 21st-century life. More than any other innovation, the modern shipping container — by turns venerated and castigated — is now acknowledged to have been the spark that touched off globalization.

Exactly.

 

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Gareth Jones
Gareth Jones
September 9, 2011 3:16 pm

Petition for a statue I think…..

Tom
Tom
September 9, 2011 4:14 pm

built using miniature cargo containers

Dominicj
Dominicj
September 11, 2011 8:27 pm

tom
why miniature?
I demand a colosus spanning the channel!!!

Brian Black
Brian Black
September 12, 2011 10:48 am

Am I the only one who is slightly curious as to what they buried him in?

DominicJ
DominicJ
September 12, 2011 11:27 am

BB
You were, now I do hope it was an ISO box…

Alex
Alex
September 13, 2011 11:42 am

Did he have a 20′ wife and two charming 10′ kids? (Especially as, IIRC, he was responsible for the decision to have arithmetically related sizes – 1x 40′ = 2x 20′ or 4x 10′ or 1x 20’+2x 10′)