Chardack-Greatbatch Pacemaker

Chardack-Greatbatch Pacemaker

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Description
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.
Object Name
Pacemaker
pacemaker
Date made
1960's
maker
Medtronic
Medtronic Incorporated
place made
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
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 in
overall, 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
ID Number
2001.0127.01
accession number
2001.0127
catalog number
2001.0127.01
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Exhibition
Places of Invention
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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