Wilson Greatbatch dies, invented pacemaker

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9/27/2011 5:26:24 PM - AP News
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Wilson Greatbatch, the New York man who invented the implantable cardiac pacemaker, has died at age 92.Kathryn Tarquin, a spokeswoman for the company Greatbatch founded, says he died Tuesday at an assisted living center in suburban Buffalo.His son-in-law, Larry Maciariello, says his children were with him.In a lifetime of inventing, Greatbatch received more than 150 patents, including one for the pacemaker, which was first implanted in humans in 1960. He started Wilson Greatbatch Ltd. in 1970 to make batteries for the devices. The company is now Greatbatch, Inc.Greatbatch was trained as an electrical engineer at Cornell University and the University at Buffalo.He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio, in 1988.