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Wilson Greatbatch
Birth: Sep. 6, 1919
Buffalo
Erie County
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 27, 2011
Amherst
Erie County
New York, USA

Inventor. Famed for devising the first implantable cardiac pacemaker. Following service with the US Military with (whom he saw action in the Atlantic Theater during World War II), he received his degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1950. He taught engineering at the University of Buffalo from 1952 to 1957 and attained his master's degree during that period. Greatbatch conceived the idea of developing a mechanical device used to aid the heart at beating and in 1958 met Dr. William Chardack, a surgeon who was intrigued with the concept. In 1960, the collaboration of Greatbatch with Dr. Chardack and Dr. Andrew Gage resulted in first pacemaker which was implanted in a human successfully. During the early 1970s, Greatbatch co-developed the usage of lithium battery-operated pacemakers which lengthened it's functioning capacity. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1986. (bio by: C.S.) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Eleanor Fay Wright Greatbatch (____ - 2011)*
 
 Children:
  Peter N. Greatbatch (____ - 1998)*
 
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Burial:
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Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Sep 27, 2011
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