1951 – Born on April 5th. An American engineer and inventor of the Segway Human Transporter, a pedestrian vehicle.
1972 – Dean Kamen invented a portable, programmable pump that automatically delivers accurate doses of medicine, such as insulin, over extended periods. It’s small enough to allow people who’d previously been bedridden to be mobile enough to live normal lives.
1981 – He started DEKA Research & Development Corporation, which introduced a portable dialysis machine, and the HydroFlex Irrigation System — a multi-purpose pump that replaced the expensive separate pumps that used to be required for arthroscopic (interior joint), endoscopic (colon, bladder, tummy, or other hollow interior organ), or gynecologic examinations.
– Kamen also invented a better stent (tube for supporting damaged arteries).
1999 – Kamen came out with the IBOT, a computerized wheelchair (though Kamen insists it’s not a wheelchair) with a built-in computerized gyroscope for balance.
2000 – Received the National Medal of Technology.
2001 – He introduced the Segway, a two-wheeled mobile device — don’t call it a scooter, he implores — that whisks a rider along, standing, with impeccable gyroscopic balance.
– George W. Bush, trying one out, famously fell, but only because he forgot to turn the Segway on.
2002 – He won the Lemelson-MIT Prize.
2005 – He was inducted in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.