Day 10 Otis Boykin – 28 days of Black History in Technology

Today we talk about Otis Frank Boykin born August 29, 1920 he was an inventor and engineer. Boykin invented more than 25 electronic devices. One of his inventions was an improved electrical resistor for computers, radios, televisions, and other electronic devices.

Mr. Boykin also worked on one of his most famous inventions a variable resistor used in guided missiles. Did you also know that Mr. Boykin created a control unit for the artificial heart pacemaker. The pacemaker essentially uses electrical impulses to maintain a regular heartbeat.

Ironically Mr. Boykin himself, died of heart failure in 1982. I wonder if the device, he helped make, that saved so many lives, would have helped to save his own?

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2 Responses to Day 10 Otis Boykin – 28 days of Black History in Technology

  1. A great read on this inventor. It was nice to learn of the device he created for the artificial heart pacemaker. Clearly a device that is much used in today’s medicine.

  2. black says:

    Yes as this blogging series goes on, I am learning more and more.
    Thanks for the comments Cyn

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