William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala'crazy'but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Windis a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.
A project between Case Western Reserve University, The Western Reserve Historical Society and the northeastern Ohio community, the Encyclopedia represents the contributions of hundreds of academic scholars and talented amateur historians to the interpretation and understanding of the history of Greater Cleveland.
Papers of Charles F. Brush, Sr. (1849-1929), Ohio-born inventor and pioneer in the field of electric lighting, Brush is regarded as the inventor of the arc lighting system. The collection documents the professional and personal life of this well known Clevelander.
In 2008-2009 the Charles F. Brush, Sr. Papers were digitized in their entirety with funding from Brush Engineered Material, Inc. The finding aid was revised to include information acquired in the creation of the metadata for that project. In addition to this version of the finding aid there is an EAD version available in the OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository with links to the digital image (PDF) of the contents of each folder. Links to digital content are also found in the Online Exhibit for this collection.