YORICK, The Bionic Skeleton


Yorick is a plastic male skeleton imbedded with electronic and mechanical devices used to replace worn body parts. Yorick was created by Ed Mueller, an engineer in the Division of Mechanical and Material Sciences at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in Washington, D.C.

Yorick often made appearances at schools, Scout meetings, and hospitals to educate students about bionics and current research on implant design development.

Some of the devices implanted in Yorick are: cranial plate, silicone nose, carbon tooth root, interocular lens, cochlear implant, heart valve, artificial heart, cardiac pacemaker, infusion port, vascular grafts, urinary sphincter prosthesis, artificial patella, bone plate, artificial tendons, bone growth stimulator, and artificial hip, knee, elbow, and finger joints.

Date Made: 1970s-1980s

Maker: Mueller, Edward

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Artificial Organs


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Credit Line: Food and Drug Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2003.0205.01Accession Number: 2003.0205Catalog Number: 2003.0205.01

Object Name: skeleton model, human, with bionic devices

Physical Description: synthetic polymers, plastic and rubber (overall material)metals, titanium and stainless steel (overall material)synthetic polyester fiber, dacron (overall material)Measurements: overall: 164 cm x 36.5 cm x 21.5 cm; 64 9/16 in x 14 3/8 in x 8 15/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-72b6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1203675

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