Earl Bakken, Man who created the first wearable external pacemaker has died at 94!

Earl Bakken, an electronics repairman who created the first wearable external pacemaker and co-founded one of the world’s largest medical device companies, Medtronic, has died. He was 94. Bakken,...

Earl Bakken, an electronics repairman who created the first wearable external pacemaker and co-founded one of the world’s largest medical device companies, Medtronic, has died. He was 94.

In this Dec. 13, 2010 photo, Earl Bakken, an electronics repairman who started one of the world's largest medical device companies in 1949, poses at the Medtronic World Headquarters in Fridley, Minn. Medtronic said in a statement that co-founder Bakken died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, at his home in Hawaii. (David Brewster/Star Tribune via AP) Photo: David Brewster, AP / Star Tribune

Bakken, who also commercialized the first implantable pacemaker in 1960, died Sunday at his home in Hawaii, Medtronic said in a statement. It didn’t give a cause of death.

Bakken and his brother-in-law, Palmer Hermundslie, formed Medtronic in 1949 and turned it from a struggling company they ran out of the Hermundlie family’s Minneapolis garage into a multinational medical technology

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“The contributions Earl made to the field of medical technology simply cannot be overstated,” said Medtronic’s chairman and CEO, Omar Ishrak. “His spirit will live on with us as we work to fulfill the mission he wrote nearly 60 years ago — to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life.”

 
 SOURCE: sfgate.com
PHOTO CREDIT:Medtronic

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