Ford news noted today:
BUDAPEST, Hungary - József Galamb, chief designer of the legendary Ford Model T, has been posthumously honoured with the prestigious Hungarian Heritage Award.
Hungarian Galamb joined Ford Motor Company in December 1905 and was chosen by Henry Ford to work alongside him developing the Model T which went on to sell 15 million units globally.
The gifted engineer designed the ‘sun and planet’ transmission for Model T and later helped Henry Ford’s son, Edsel, design new Ford cars such as the 4 cylinder Model A which delivered 40 HP.
He retired in 1944 after a highly successful 39 year career with Ford and passed away in Las Vegas in 1955.
The prestigious Hungarian Heritage Award was presented to family member Erzsébet Galamb at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on the 135th anniversary of this birth.
“This award is a worthy recognition of diligent engineering work, outstanding technical achievement, and is also a good example of engineering work receiving similar recognition to scientific achievements in Hungary,” said award presenter Dr. József Gáti.
Joe was born on 13 Febuary 1881. Here is the Galamb family home in Mako Hungary. Joe set his brother up as a Ford dealer in Mako.
Bruce,I really enjoyed the write up in the Model T Times!! Thank You.
You are very welcome ! The fun was all of the research ! I plan to be in Richmond in June with some of the papers. Bruce
As Ken said -- great article "The Men Who Created the Model T" (pages 16-19, Mar-Apr 2016 "Model T Times"). You did a great job weaving the different sources together to give us a better understanding of they worked together not only at Ford but other auto makers. I'm so glad that you were able to meet Joseph Galamb's youngest daughter Gloria. WE are very fortunate that she had saved her father's letters -- some as far back to 1903. Thank you for transporting the letters to the Benson Ford archives for her.
And thank you for sharing your research with us. I hope we learn more and more about the early days, the cars and the people.
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