Mr. József Török (1920-2003)
Although József Török did not live to see the realization of one of his greatest ideas, his contributions to the fields of engineering and the natural sciences will ultimately be known and appreciated by people throughout the world.
Born on April 22, 1920 into a family of locksmiths, József Török realized his passion for mechanical engineering at a very young age. His pursuit of knowledge and perfection quickly allowed him to master the skills of a locksmith. His focused passion persisted throughout his youth, and eventually helped him to graduate with a degree in engineering from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (1948-1952).
In 1945, his first engineering contribution was his participation in the rebuilding of a Hungarian oil refinery owned by the Shell Company. This refinery, located in the Csepel settlement, had been heavily bombed during World War II. The two-year project was crippled during the initial phase by a lack of operating instruments and machinery. With 85% of the oil refinery destroyed, József Török and his colleague salvaged what working parts were still usable and managed to create a functional feeding device. This device allowed the refinery to reach normal production levels as well as higher quality output, and Shell recognized it as its next generation standard facility. These modifications were considered quite ingenious and as a result, József Török received a Hungarian Government honorary award in recognition of his efforts (Kandó Kálmán Faculty of Electrical Engineering/Electro-technician Engineer [1956-1960).
Mr. Török later invented a Pneumatic regulating device, for which he received additional awards and international recognition. An advanced version of this device, called the Pneukomb regulating device, would serve as the prelude to the pneumatic-analog computer of the 1960s. The device was introduced through the foreign trade company Danubia and was awarded patents in England, Germany, France and the USA.
Throughout Jozsef Török’s life, he had the privilege of working with other prominent Hungarians, including Albert Zsufa, chemical engineer for Shell. He also collaborated with Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1937 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine) and his exploratory division, before these gentlemen immigrated to the USA in 1947.
After the nationalization of Shell in Hungary, József Török found work with a medical device development and commercialization company called Medicor. During this time, he worked with a team of engineers who sought to solve various complex problems. Out of that collaboration emerged the first defibrillator, used today in virtually all health care environments throughout the world to save lives. This team of brilliant engineers also invented the first automatic blood pressure apparatus.
Well into his retirement, József Török continued to invent, and remained closely connected with the community of Hungarian and international inventors. He was one of the founders of the Association of Hungarian Inventors, established in 1988. Although many of his ideas came to varying degrees of fruition, the lack of adequate funding and state controlled company interests kept many of his greatest inventions from becoming fully realized under his name. One such invention was the first version of the AirJector®, which was capable of producing an effective carbonated thermal bath for the treatment of various medical conditions, including cardiovascular disorders, arthritis, diabetes mellitus and osteoporosis.
Despite being afflicted with these same ailments, József Török’s doctors believe that he extended his life by fifteen years because he used the device to treat his own medical conditions. It was his vision and dedication to creating solutions that would improve and prolong people’s lives that inspired the founders of our company to create an advanced version of that device, the AirJector®.
It is to his brilliant mind and vision of healthier lives that we dedicate the continuation of the AirJector® project and the development and worldwide availability of a perfected device, according to his motto:
”There is nothing we cannot solve; we only have to start doing it.”
Török József (1920-2003)