Wilson Greatbatch Innovative Lives Presentation, 1996
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
Greatbatch, Wilson 1919-
Wilson Greatbatch, Ltd
0.25 cu. ft.: 2 boxes
Oral histories (document genres)
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.
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.
Wilson Greatbatch Innovative Lives Presentation, 1996, Archives Center, National Museum of American History