Emik Avakian was born in Tabriz, Persia back in 1924. He was born with a severe case of cerebral palsy however this did not affect his cognitive abilities. The family moved several times seeking medical assistance for him. They finally settled in New York City where he became a naturalized citizen.
Although he suffered from palsy he graduated Magna Cum Laude in physics and mathematics from Eureka College before continuing his education at Columbia University. After graduation he moved to Chicopee, Massachusetts where he remained for the rest of his life. He died there in 2013.
What you may not know about Emik is that because of his disability he invented a series of inventions. One of them was a typewriter that would produce a letter from breath rather than typing. It used four microphones measuring sound and breath measurement to determine what letter to type. He also invented a drive system for wheelchairs and a vehicle loading system. All-in-all he led 8 patents for those with disabilities. So, what is your excuse?
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