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Wilson Greatbatch Innovative Lives Presentation, 1996

Creator:
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
Interviewee/presenter:
Greatbatch, Wilson 1919-
Presenter:
Berger, Sondra
Subject:
Wilson Greatbatch, Ltd
Physical description:
0.25 cu. ft.: 2 boxes
Type:
Videotapes
Collection descriptions
Oral histories (document genres)
Interviews
Date:
1996
1950-2000
1990-2000
1980-2000
Notes:
Wilson Greatbatch was born in Buffalo, N.Y. Bachelor's degree, Cornell University (1950), Master's degree, State University of New York at Buffalo (1957). Greatbatch invented and patented the implantable cardiac pacemaker in 1958. In 1970, Greatbatch founded Wilson Greatbatch, Ltd. to develop and manufacture reliable, long-lived batteries for the implantable pacemaker. WGL produced the first lithium iodine battery for implantable pacemakers in 1972.
Summary:
Original and master videos documenting Dr. Wilson Greatbatch, inventor of the Cardiac Pacemaker. Dr. Greatbatch demonstrates the circuitry of his implantable pacemaker and discusses his life as an inventor.
Cite as:
Wilson Greatbatch Innovative Lives Presentation, 1996, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Inventors
Cardiac pacemaker industry
Heart block
Cardiac pacing
Cardiac pacemakers
Inventions
Electric engineering
Local number:
1998.3040 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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