Chardack-Greatbatch Pacemaker


Wilson Greatbatch, an electrical engineer affiliated with the University of Buffalo, invented a small battery-powered pacemaker. William Chardack, chief of surgical services at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., implanted an example in a dog in 1959, and another in a man in 1960. An inscription on this example reads “CHARDACK GREATBATCH / PACEMAKER / MFD BY / MEDTRONIC, INC. / MPLS, MINN. U.S.A.”

Ref: “New Pacemaker for Heart Tested,” New York Times (Nov. 6, 1959), p. 15.

“Wilson Greatbatch, Pacemaker Inventor, Dies at 92,” New York Times (Sept. 28, 1911), p. B10.

Date Made: 1960's

Maker: MedtronicMedtronic Incorporated

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2001.0127.01Accession Number: 2001.0127Catalog Number: 2001.0127.01

Object Name: Pacemakerpacemaker

Measurements: overall: 7.2 cm x 7.7 cm x 2.7 cm; 2 13/16 in x 3 1/16 in x 1 1/16 inoverall, as stored: 1 in x 6 1/2 in x 7 3/4 in; 2.54 cm x 16.51 cm x 19.685 cm


Record Id: nmah_741594

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