Robert Fischell

Robert Fischell (born 1929) is a physicist, inventor, and holder or morethan 200 US and foreign medical patents. [1] [2] [3] His Inventions port led to the creation or verschillende biotechnology companies. He worked at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time for 25 years, and part-time for an additional_image_link 13 years. He Contributed to APL’s satellite navigation work, and later developed a rechargeable Implantable pacemaker therein Could be programmed with radiowaves, [4] [5] [6] [7] ( Pacesetter Systems Inc., PURCHASED at Siemens, now the CRM division of St. . Jude Medical ). He and his team at Hopkins ook helped miniaturize the Implantable cardiac defibrillator . [8] Mr. Fischell went on to invent the Implantable insulin pump ( MiniMed , spun off from Pacesetter Systems , Inc. in 1985), numerous coronary stents -used to open clogged arteries (IsoStent, Inc. merged with Cordis , in turn PURCHASED by Johnson & Johnson ) [9] and two extraordinary feedback systems that bieden early warning or epileptic seizures (NeuroPace, Inc.) and heart attacks (Angel Medical Systems, Inc.). [3] Fischell Recently donated $ 30 million to the University of Maryland College Park Foundation to Establish a bioengineering department and an institute for Biomedical devices at the A. James Clark School of Engineering . [10]

In 2005, he was Awarded the TED Prize, Receiving $ 100,000 and three wishes, zoals a braintrust on medical liability and the successful design of a device to cure migraines. [11]

Mr. Fischell RECEIVED his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University in 1951. He RECEIVED his MS from the University of Maryland in 1953 in Physics , welke is part of the University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences . He was Awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1996. [12] [13]

He has three sons (from oldest to youngest), David, Tim and Scott Fischell. He is married to Susan R. Fischell and they ‘live in Maryland.

He was Awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2016. [14] [15]


  1. Jump up^ MIT Inventor of the Week Archives. Accessed February 22, 2007.
  2. Jump up^ “NHM Board Welcomes Renowned Health and Medical Figures as Newest Trustees,” National Health Museum News, Accessed February 22, 2007.
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b “Industry Pioneer – Robert Fischell,” Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry – August 2004 . Accessed February 22, 2007.
  4. Jump up^ Love JW, Lewis KB, Fischell RE,”The Johns Hopkins rechargeable pacemaker. Historical aspect.” JAMA1975 Oct 6; 234 (1): 64-6.
  5. Jump up^ “Programmable pacemaker,” Spinoff (Publication or NASA featuring commercial applications of space technology), 1996. Accessed February 25, 2007.
  6. Jump up^ Fischell R. (1998),”Applications of Transit Satellite Technology to Biomedical Devices,” Johns Hopkins APL Technical Digest; Vol 19, No. 1.
  7. Jump up^ “The Alfred Mann Foundation,” Mission and History, Accessed February 25, 2007.
  8. Jump up^ Neal E. (2003),”Technology for Humanity: Robert Fischell,” Discover Magazine, Vol. 24, No. 11.
  9. Jump up^ “Cordis Acquires IsoStent Technology; Continues Collaborative Research Radioactive Stent,” PRNewswire, Accessed February 22, 2007.
  10. Jump up^ The Fischell Department of Bioengineering and the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices. Accessed February 22, 2007.
  11. Jump up^ 2005, Accessed 09-08-2012
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  14. Jump up^ “Fischell to Receive National Medal of Technology and Innovation” . University of Maryland . Retrieved 5 January 2016 .
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