Otis Boykin, The Electronics Engineer who helped create the Pacemaker. Around you, whether it is the computer, the radio, the television, these devices use or used the invention of this African-American.

Otis Boykin

Born in 1910 in Dallas, Boykin is the son of a carpenter and a stay-at-home mom. Due to lack of financial means, he leaves the Institute of Technology of Illinois before graduating.

He nevertheless specializes himself in the improvement of the resistor, an absolutely crucial electronic tool that regulates the amount of electricity that is supplied to a device. He received his first patent in 1959. 2 years later, he improved his invention that can withstand shocks and extreme temperature changes.

Moreover, this new resistor can be produced at low cost and the electronic products using it thus become financially accessible. Boykin becomes well known in the world of electronics. The US Army and IBM are ordering its resistor, which will be used for ordinary household electrical appliances, IBM computers and for guided missiles of the military.

His most prominent invention is a version of the resistor used to set up the famous pace maker. This system that sends electrical impulses into the heart and regulates its rhythm, keeps alive millions of people around the world. Ironically, Otis Boykin will die of heart failure.


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