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Victor Woulk by KO

  1. 1. Victor WoukThe Father of the Hybrid Car<br />By Sean Callery<br />Presentation by Kyra Orem<br />
  2. 2. Birth/Early Life<br />He was born in the Bronx, New York City on April 27, 1919<br />His Jewish immigrant family was poor but later made money in a successful laundry business<br />Victor was the youngest of the family; his brother Herman became a famous writer<br />
  3. 3. Education<br />Victor went to Townsend Harris High School in Manhattan; Victor was very good at Science and Math and was a member of the Science Club.<br />He followed his brother to Columbia University, one of the best schools in the U.S. for scientific study; he majored in Electrical Engineering.<br />For graduate school, he moved to Pasadena, California to study at the California Institute of Technology, or Caltech, where they were doing great scientific research. There he got his PhD.<br />
  4. 4. Adult Life/ Career<br />In 1939, Victor married Joy Lattman. Even on their honeymoon, Victor began doing research on static electric charges from cars.<br />In 1941, he was hired by Westinghouse in Pittsburgh. There, he was involved in research in the Manhattan Project, a secret project that resulted in the development of the atomic bomb. Eventually, this led to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which ended World War II.<br />
  5. 5. continued<br />After the war, Wouk went into business and started several corporations.<br />He and Joy also had two sons during this time, Jonathan and Jordan.<br />In 1962, he was approached by Russell Feldman from Motorola, on his project of an electric car.<br />Wouk didn’t think electric cars were the answer. He believed that by combining electricity and gasoline, he could save fuel and cut emissions without losing performance: the hybrid car!<br />
  6. 6. Accomplishments<br />•In 1974, Wouk presented his hybrid model of a Buick Skylark to the EPA. It ran very well in the test but was rejected.<br />• He continued to work as a consultant and campaigned for the use of electric or hybrid cars.<br />
  7. 7. Impact on the World<br />Victor Wouk is considered the Father of the Hybrid Car.<br />His dream became reality in 1997, when Toyota launched the Prius, the first mass produced hybrid gas-electric car.<br />

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