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Wilson Greatbatch
Inventor of Implantable Pacemaker
Dies at 92

Published: September 28, 2011 on The New York Times

My Pacemaker Xray by Sarah-Vafidis Pacemaker 3 by JupZje pacemaker by fluidcreativestudio

Pacemaker"I'd like a pacemaker, please. To replace my heart, kind sir. Before the human in me destroys it all. A durable one, for excessive use. My current flaps like a hummingbird.
My face turns red, from overexertion, or that's what I tell myself. In fact, it's entirely too hot, but my hands still shake, so there must be something wrong.
It's defective, I say. I best be quick, and file for an upgrade. Not long to go—it's bound to crash, and I feel obsolete. Look, it's starting. I can't breathe. I think— I've forgotten. How?"
Pacemaker by Jetshadow

Wilson Greatbatch, a professed “humble tinkerer” who, working in his barn in 1958,
designed the first practical implantable pacemaker, a device that has preserved millions of lives,
died on Tuesday at his home in Williamsville, N.Y. He was 92.

His death was confirmed by his daughter, Anne Maciariello.

Mr. Greatbatch patented more than 325 inventions,
notably a long-life lithium battery used in a wide range of medical implants.
He created tools used in AIDS research and a solar-powered canoe,
which he took on a 160-mile voyage on the Finger Lakes in New York to celebrate his 72nd birthday.

In later years, he invested time and money in developing fuels from plants
and supporting work at the University of Wisconsin in Madison
on helium-based fusion reaction for power generation.

He also visited with thousands of schoolchildren to talk about invention,
and when his eyesight became too poor for him to read in 2006,
he continued to review papers by graduate engineering students
on topics that interested him by having his secretary read them aloud. ( more)

now....just a consideration...

Am I wrong or no one has a pacemaker as a profile photo?
wrote news, eulogies and whatever else?

But I am certain that this man has saved lives!

Ah... but he did not invent the ipod... then who cares...
He obviously was not much of a man...

thought out people... if you can....


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revilnemesis3 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
this guy should be famous
simonpark81 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
respect,sir. this man deserves to be more famous than that guy that made ipods but i had not heard of him.
thank you for getting word out about this unsung hero.
this piece is faved now so hopefully my watchers will see it too.
floatingWhiteFalcon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
People know Apple better and are more thankful for having an Ipod than for being created. :no:
They just care about things which are interesting. And medicial stuff is not interesting for most of them- as long as they don't need it. That's how they think and that's how the publishers of our newspapers think... :bleh:
devinemrs Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. He was a great man who's inventions will keep giving back to our world for many years.
Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for adding my pacemaker xray :) it is my most valued possession I own, I wouldn't be here without it :) R.I.P. Greatbatch <3
Quadraro Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional
SilenceGoddess Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Che Dio abbia in gloria Wilson Greatbatch.

Conosco questa notizia, l'ho anche condivisa giorni fa, quando accadde, sul mio profilo di FB.
la morte di chi ha inventato l'ipod, o la base per questo, e' diventata piu' importante di chi invece ha inventato qualcosa di estremamente utile per l'umanita'.

Ovviamente per quel stato sociale umano che puo' permettersi un peacemaker.

mah ... misteri umani...
Rozrr Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
No I hadn't seen of heard of him, I haven't heard of the more than 50,000 than die every day who never had the chance to be great in life due to them having no food or shelter...
AludA Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
I agree ..
Quadraro Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Professional
BorisFedorov Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry I meant Jonas Swak
BorisFedorov Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A very good man like Jona Seak and Nikola Tesla
HoudaShams Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work my friend....I really understand what you mean :( ....hopefully people will really learn to appreciate these visionaries...may he rest in peace
Grombald Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Quadraro for the information. This makes me thoughtfull as i never before have heard about Mr Greatbatch but about dozens of unimportant people.

Thank you media, thank you educational system. Go fuck yourself.
Shadowslide Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
They don't exactly have a holiday for the guys who invented cures for West Nile, Small Pox, or Swine Flu. It's dumb, isn't it? But normally people like that aren't looking for fame and wealth. They're looking to better mankind. And these people have. At least he lived a long happy life.
Sophizzle Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Well, it's a fair point to be sure, but if you die at 92, you've probably done what you can in the world. Kicking the bucket while you're still in your fifties suggests you could have had more to give. I think that has something to do with people's reactions.

But by all means, the pacemaker is a much more important invention, honour and glory to Greatbatch!
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