Earl Bakken

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Earl Bakken
waist-high portrait, wearing Hawaiian shirt, brown suitcoat and necklaces
Earl Ethan Bakken

(1924-01-10)January 10, 1924
DiedOctober 21, 2018(2018-10-21) (aged 94)
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota
Known forfounding Medtronic, inventing the wearable portable pacemaker, founding Bakken Museum

Earl Ethan Bakken (January 10, 1924 – October 21, 2018) was an American engineer, businessman and philanthropist. He founded Medtronic, where he developed the first external, battery-operated, transistorized, wearable artificial pacemaker in 1957.[1]

Bakken retired from Medtronic in 1989 and moved to a 9-acre estate in the Kona District of Hawaii he calls Bakken Hale.[2]

Bakken died at his Hawaii home on October 21, 2018 at the age of 94.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Hebrew University of Jerusalem Institute of Chemistry: Earl E. Bakken
  2. Mykleseth, Kathryn. "Supersize solar setup underway on Big Isle". Honolulu Star Advertiser. Oahu Publications d.b.a. Staradvertiser.com. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  3. Medtronic founder Earl Bakken Has Died at His Home In Hawaii

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Earl Bakken at Wikimedia Commons