Awarded only the second US patent in the history of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Ronald De Four is an exceptional man. Committed to enhancing energy efficiency and reducing environmental pollution, he’s all set to help save the planet.

In 2010, Dr Ronald De Four was granted only the second US Patent in Trinidadian history. Awarded under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, it took him seven years of unwavering determination and personal sacrifice to reach such a point.

The struggle began in March 2003, when the doctor first developed his invention. Over the resultant years, he had to complete an arduous seven-stage process to get to the point of securing a registered patent, a long and complicated journey that helped him to gain global recognition within his field.

It required great determination to overcome the many substantial hurdles he found in his path. Dr De Four was forced to undergo intense study, doggedly teaching himself the intricate workings of intellectual property law as the years passed. Required to spend thousands on his endeavour, he had to sell land, cut back on eating, and make many more personal sacrifices to achieve his end goal.

Fortunately, these paid off, and his invention was met with great excitement. Expected to have a resounding impact in industries as diverse as appliances, the automotive sphere, aerospace, medicine, computing, and more, it utilised and improved upon the existing construction of something known as brushless DC motors.

These are beneficial to society because they enhance energy efficiency, and in doing so reduce environmental pollution. The downside is that they’re both costly and complex, which causes an overall decrease in system efficiency and reliability.

Dr De Four’s invention improved upon these flaws. Yet, he chose not to patent the hardware, only the software! As he explained in 2010:

“The Americans are very smart and I decided to get smarter. We do not have the technology, we do not have the critical mass, we do not have the funding to build airplanes and spaceships. However, we do have the brains to make certain parts of them work better. I used what has been built, and structures that have been working well in the industry to piggyback onto, and have my inventions riding on them. This way, the industry doesn’t have to change – I just retro-fit with software.”

The invention of such momentous software was incredibly altruistic, with the mitigation of global warming a key focus of the doctor’s research in the preceding years. Intended to reduce atmospheric concentrations in carbon dioxide, it offered a viable solution for minimising greenhouse gases once and for all.

Seven years have now passed, but the results of Dr De Four’s invention cannot yet be quantified. Nothing negative, however, should be taken away by this. If enough industries adopt his pioneering methods, the positive effects of his endeavours will extend many years into the future of mankind.