Patent pioneer, WSU professor dies at 77
By Candice Warren | Staff Writer
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Thanks to Robert Kearns' improvements to the windshield wipers, you don't have to crank the wipers anymore.
Robert Kearns, a one-time Wayne State University engineering professor and the inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper, died Wednesday, Feb. 9 of brain cancer at a nursing home in Sykesville, Md. He was 77.