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William B. Kouwenhoven

Electrical engineer

William Bennett Kouwenhoven (13 January 1886 – 10 November 1975), was an electrical engineer who developed closed-chest cardiac massage, part of CPR and also invented the first cardiac defibrillator. He was born in Brooklyn, and received his B.E. from Brooklyn Polytechnic in New York, and his Ph.D. from the Karlsruhe Technische Hochschule in Germany in 1913. Kouwenhoven was an IEEE Fellow, recipient of the IEEE Edison Medal in 1961. He also received the Power Life Award and the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award. He researched the electrophysiology of the heart and discovered the effects of electricity on the heart including defibrillation. While a student at Brooklyn Polytech, Dr. Kouwenhoven joined Pi Kappa Phi fraternity on February 25, 1929.  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
William Kouwenhoven
Date of birth
1886-01-13
Place of birth
Brooklyn
Profession
Electrical engineer, Engineer

Education

Institution From To
Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Death

Date of death
1975-11-10
Place of death
Baltimore

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