American inventor, engineer
This guy made your life easier and smarter and healthier.
He held 186 patents. He invented the electric starting motor for cars, developed Freon for air conditioning systems (he built the first air conditioned house in America in 1914), and he patented the incubator for premature infants.
Kettering developed ethyl gasoline, diesel engines and early solar energy systems. He made a lot of money doing all this, and in 1945 he helped to found the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Re-read his aphorism above....he reached high, and he had a long reach.