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The man who invented the implantable cardiac pacemaker, Wilson Greatbatch, has died in Buffalo, New York, aged 92.
The pacemaker was first implanted in humans in 1960 and keeps the heart beating in a regular rhythm. Now, hundreds of thousands of people receive pacemakers every year.
Greatbatch’s cause of death is not known. But Larry Maciariello, his son-in-law, told reporters his health had been “intermittent”. He held more than 150 patents. The first successful implant of a pacemaker took place at the Buffalo Veterans’ Affairs Hospital. The 77-year-old patient lived for 18 months after the device was implanted.
In 2010, Greatbatch marked the 50th anniversary of the medical device. His company Greatbatch Ltd – formerly Wilson Greatbatch Ltd – was founded in 1970 and manufactures batteries for the implantable pacemaker.
Inventing was Greatbatch’s lifelong passion. In 1998 he was admitted to the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio.