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Wilson Greatbatch, inventor of the implantable cardiac pacemaker (1996)

Video footage documenting an “Innovative Lives” program presented by Wilson Greatbatch. Greatbatch demonstrates the circuitry of his implantable pacemaker and discusses his life as an inventor. Wilson Greatbatch invented and patented the implantable cardiac pacemaker in 1958. In 1970, he 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.

0.25 cu. ft.: 2 boxes containing original and master videos.

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