John Heysham was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1903. Apparently, he was one smart kid. He attended Penn Charter School, at 16 he enrolled Princeton University graduating in 1923. He went on to medical school at Jefferson Medical College receiving his MD in 1927, completing his internship at Pennsylvania Hospital in 1929.
In 1931, he developed an idea that is still in use today, he published those results in 1937 (more on that later). In WWII, he served as a surgeon in the Burma China India Theater rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, after the war he became chief of surgery at the Mayo General Hospital. He retired in 1967, he died in 1973 after a game of tennis.
What you may not know about John Heysham Gibbon Jr. is that he is best known for inventing the heart-lung machine. The machine that temporarily takes over the function of the heart and lungs during surgery maintaining the circulation of blood and oxygen content of patient’s. Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face, pass it on to someone in need.