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Robert E. Fischell
For 25 years, Robert E. Fischell was employed at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where he developed more than 50 spacecraft for the U.S. Navy and NASA and also developed the first rechargeable, implantable cardiac pacemaker. In 1969, he founded Pacesetter Systems Inc. to commercialize the device and went on to form 14 more private companies, including Angel Medical Systems, throughout his career.
Fischell has been awarded over 200 U.S. patents and around 300 foreign patents for medical devices including pacemakers, defibrillators, coronary stents, and devices to treat neurologic pain, epilepsy, and migraine headaches.
His many honors include Discover magazine's Technology for Humanity award, the TED award for contributions to medical technology, the Woodrow Wilson Prize for Public Service, and election as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. In 2013, President Obama awarded him the National Medal for Technology and Innovation, the nation's highest honor for technological achievement.