Inventor portrait – Wilson Greatbach


Portrait and banner were produced under a contracted in the ’90s by the Lemelson MIT group to create an illustration and banner for the Inventor of the Week on the Inventors Dimension website:

Wilson Greatbach, Inventor Implantable Cardiac Pacemaker
After earning a BS (Cornell) and MSEE (University of Buffalo), and after serving with the Navy in World War II, Wilson Greatbatch began working in medical research. One afternoon in the late 1950s, he was inspired by a mistake to invent one of the most significant medical devices of all time: the implantable cardiac pacemaker,