Babington Technology

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Babington Technology

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Robert "Bob" Babington & the Babington Technology Timeline

Date Milestone

April 21, 1933

  • Born at Bronx Maternity Hospital to first generation Irish immigrants
  • Lived at 647 W. 172nd Street, NY, NY (Washington Heights)
  • Attended P.S. 173 and P.S. 115



  • Graduated Georgia Tech, B.S. Mechanical Engineering and inducted into the National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society


  • Entered U.S. Air Force as 2nd Lieutenant to fulfill 2-year ROTC commitment

  • Assigned to special activities squadron at Langley Air Force Base in VA to work on basic jet engine research

  • Assigned to the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the forerunner of NASA

October 1957

  • Married Carol Wommack, graduate of Emory University in Atlanta
  • In the same week, the U.S.S.R. launched SPUTNIK, the first man-made earth satellite

1958 - 1962

Engineer with the Aeronautical Turbine Laboratory at the Naval Air Turbine Test Station (NATTS), Trenton, NJ

  • Received citation for excellence for his work solving explosive afterburner lightoff problem associated with the McDonnell F3H Demon jet fighter

  • AMMTIAC paper titled Effects of water ingestion on Turbojet Engine Operation, publication date: Jun 1961 [view details]
  • Conference on Environmental Effets on Aircraft Propulsion, Jun 1961 [AD461804].


  • Babington becomes the youngest member of Apollo Manned Lunar Landing Management TeamBecomes the youngest member of the Apollo Manned Lunar Landing management team in Washington D.C. under the leadership of George Low, John Disher and Melvyn Savage
  • November 22, 1963 – while in meeting with Wernher von Braun, one of the leaders in rocket technology for NASA, learns of the tragic news that President Kennedy has been assassinated in Dallas, Texas


  • Mr. Babington leaves government service in 1967 after serving as Program Manager for the development of the Command and Service Module, Apollo Program and launches Babington Engineering to develop products based on the unique atomization principle he invented and patented.


  • Enters into licensing deal with Rocketdyne, a major division of North American Aviation, to focus on combustion capabilities of Babington technology.

1969, 1970

  • Rocketdyne, now part of North American Rockwell, is awarded contract to build Space Shuttle Main Engine, loses interest in pursuing combustion capabilities of Babington Technology and discontinues licensing arrangement

  • Carol Babington reads article about one of the early pioneers in the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis, Dr. Paul di Sant'Agnese, and his efforts to find better methods for administering antibiotics. This leads Bob to conduct work on a medical nebulizer based on the Babington principle for liquid atomization.

  • Multiple patents awarded to Robert S. Babington for unique atomization principle to convert liquids into super fine spray

  • Multiple patents issued for medical nebulizer devices that produce extremely dense mists for inhalation by human

  • Multiple patents issued for liquid fuel burner technology with extremely high combustion efficiency and low pollutant output


  • Babington Solo-Sphere Medical Nebulizer 1973, Owens-Illinois introduces the Hydro-Sphere nebulizer
  • Worked with the U.S. Department of Agricultureto conduct mosquito-control tests in Gainesville, FL using the Babingtonprinciple.
  • McGaw Respiratory Therapy, a division of American Hospital Supply Corporation introduces three Babington medical nebulizers all based on the Babington atomization principle – the Hydro-Sphere, Maxi-Cool and Solo-Sphere – to critical acclaim.
  • National Cystic Fibrosis Research Association and the National Institutes of Health were strong advocates of the Babington nebulizer program.
  • John Wayne becomes first celebrity to use a Babington Solo-Sphere medical nebulizer after his heart surgery in 1977.
  • Series of Popular Science articles published about the Babington atomization principle and burner technology.
    • September, 1972 – Exciting new developments help you get More Comfort for Your Heating Dollar by C.P. Gilmore
    • May 1973 – It's Superspray by Simon Dresner
    • June 1975 – Crankcase oil by E.F. Lindsley
    • January 1976 – Clog-proof superspray Oil Burner saves fuel cost two ways by Norman Metzger
    • October 1979 – High Efficiency Heating by V. Elaine Smay


  • Babington Airtronic BurnerBabington medical nebulizers reach the commercial market
  • By mid-80s, Electro-Oil of Sweden pursues Babington to develop oil burner for the home heating market in Europe. The burner is commercialized and over 10,000 homes in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway become heated by the Babington Airtronic Burner
  • Bob Babington begins collaboration with Börje Brengdahl of Electro-oil
  • Babington Combustion Technology is introduced to the U.S. Home Heating industry
  • By late 80s, Saab Scania acquires and merges Bentone with Electro-Oil. Bentone Electro-Oil begins selling the Airtronic buner, but competing internal priorities leads to dissolving of partnership with Babington.


  • Tray Ration Heating Systems (TRHS) 1994 – The Energy Efficiency & Conservation Division at Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts performance test and comparison studies of Babington Airtronic Burner
  • 1995 – Awarded contract by the United States Marine Corps for Tray Ration Heating Systems (TRHS):
  • The TRHS can feed up to 250 meals at a single site and at least 500 meals during a ration day; however, during expanded feeding operations, one TRHS could feed 1,500 people in one day.
  • 1998/99 – Electrolux agrees to provide tooling for the Airtronic burner in exchange to license the technology for use in the European market.
  • By end of 90s, the Babington Tray Ration Heater (TRH) is adopted by all branches of the U.S. Military, including the Coast Guard.


Babington continues to innovate and introduce new heat-on-the-move field feeding products to meet urgent needs in the U.S. Military and other Federal agencies:

  • The Powered Multi-fuel Burner or PMB becomes the field food service burner of choice for the Marines, Navy Special Warfare, Navy Seabees, and the U.S. Air Force as well as the Marine Corps Reserve and the Air National Guard.
  • In 2003, the U.S. Air Force procures the Field Sanitation Unit (FSU) along with the Tray Ration Heater, as part of the Single Pallet Expeditionary Kitchen
  • Babington field feeding equipment proves its reliability and worth in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • In 2005, Hurricane Katrina strikes New Orleans and the Gulf coast. State of Mississippi activates National Guard. Babington's Tray Ration Heating System used by the Air National Guard to feed 12,000 meals per day.
  • In 2006, acquires FabX/Metals, a metalwork and fabrication plant located in Rocky Mount, NC, bringing 125,000 square feet (or 3 acres under roof) of fabrication, warehouse and office space.
  • Babington is recognized for its contributions in field feeding during recovery efforts by the Air National Guard on the Gulf coast after Hurricane Katrina
  • Based on its observations and lessons learned from recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina, Babington Technology immediately begins designing what will become the Ultimate Mobile Airtronic Kitchen or UMAK. Utilizing its Airtronic burner as the clean heat source, Babington developed the Airtronic Silent Griddle, the Airtronic Convection Oven and an Airtronic Stock Pot Station.
  • Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine article highlights Bob Babington Cooking on the Move contributions


  • Babington Technology delivers the first Disaster Relief Mobile Kitchen Trailer (DRMKT) to the 123rd Airlift Wing of the Kentucky Air National Guard and the District of Columbia Air National Guard. Based on the UMAK design, the DRMKT is designed to enable transport by C130 Aircraft
  • The National Oil-Heat Research Alliance (NORA) awards Babington Technology a grant to develop a high efficiency home heating unit incorporating the Airtronic burner.


  • Today Babington has a patent portfolio approaching 150 patents, with many more patent-pending applications in the works.

  • Many new products are in the pipeline.