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Richey, C. B.



  • Existence: 1910 - 2003

Biographical Information

Clarence Bentley Richey graduated from Purdue University in 1939 with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  He went on to work for the Ohio State University, Electric Wheel Company, Massey-Ferguson, and Ford Motor Company, serving in various positions.  In 1970, Richey accepted a position as a professor at Purdue’s department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE). He served in this role until 1976, when he retired and became Professor Emeritus.  Richey continued to work at Purdue at least until 1986 in the ABE department, working on various projects.

Richey was responsible for numerous innovations in agricultural engineering, holding many patents on designs he created for various farm equipment. Among his accomplishments was a design for an efficient gasifier that produced energy from biomass. He also developed a lift for physically disabled farmers to be able to reach the seats of their tractors.  In promoting and developing his designs, Richey traveled the world to view and participate in various showcases of agricultural engineering.

He died in Ann Arbor, Michigan on June 23, 2003.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Clarence B. Richey papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 470
Overview Photo and slide albums, blueprints, instructional materials for courses, notebooks and workbooks, photographs, negatives, films, books, microfilm, and slides documenting the professional and scholastic career of Clarence B. Richey.
Dates: 1940s - 1990s