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Otis Boykin: The Pacemaker & The Burglar Proof Cash Register


Otis Boykin was an African American inventor and engineer who made significant contributions to the field of electrical engineering. Born on August 29, 1920, in Dallas, Texas, Boykin overcame racial barriers to become one of the most prominent inventors of his time.

One of Boykin's most notable inventions was the electrical resistor, which he patented in 1959. This resistor was significant because it could withstand extreme changes in temperature and pressure, making it ideal for use in various electronic devices, including guided missile systems and pacemakers.



Boykin also invented several other electronic devices and improvements, including a control unit for the pacemaker, a burglar-proof cash register, and a chemical air filter. His inventions have had a lasting impact on various industries, particularly in electronics and healthcare.

Despite facing discrimination and challenges throughout his life, Boykin's ingenuity and perseverance led him to become one of the most respected inventors of his time. His legacy continues to inspire aspiring inventors and engineers today.





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