Andrew Toti

Inventor, Deceased Person

1915 – 2005

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Who was Andrew Toti?

Andrew J. Toti was a world-renowned American inventor. Toti was born in Visalia, California, and died in Modesto, California. He held more than 500 U.S. patents at the time of his death. Toti was honored by the Edison Society in 1995.

Among his many inventions, the most famous include an inflatable lifejacket, an automated chicken plucker, light-weight construction beam, and the EndoFlex endotracheal tube. He invented a combination lock when he was 12 years old.

Toti attended Modesto High School through tenth grade. He completed his education through correspondence courses.

Toti related that his mother was the inspiration for the invention of the Mae West life vest. He had built a boat, and his mother was worried because he couldn't swim. He designed a personal life preserver filled with duck feathers. However, that was too bulky and heavy, so he used air. Toti sold the rights to the Mae West life vest to the US War Department in 1936 for $1,600.

Toti owned and operated Tro-Pic-Kal Manufacturing Company of Modesto for approximately 60 years.

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Born
Jul 24, 1915
Visalia
Nationality
  • Italy
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Modesto High School
Died
Mar 20, 2005
Modesto

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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