Earl Elmer

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Earl Elmer was born in Columbia Heights, Minnesota back in 1924. He was a self-described “nerd”. Being self-described as such he invented a rudimentary electroshock weapon while in school to fend off bullies. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1948 for the University of Minnesota Graduate School.

In 1949, he formed his company on a 9-acre estate in Hawaii. That company is still in operation to this day. One of his inventions has saved countless lives, with more to come. It all started when Dr. C. Walton Lillehei operated on a child with blue baby syndrome. The hospital experienced a power blackout which the child died as a result of the blackout.

What you may not know about Earl Elmer Bakken is that he invented the first external, battery-operated, transistorized artificial pacemaker in 1957. That company he started is called Medtronic, based in Ireland it employees over 88,000 people today. Earl died in 2018 at the young age of 94.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Earl possessed a beautiful mind. And, he used it wisely! Enjoy your day!

Jan 24, 2019 02:46 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  James - a terrific story of perhaps the ultimate "Attack of The Nerds" example. 

Jan 24, 2019 03:47 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... another amazing person most of us have never heard of. I didn't know the word "nerd" was in use way back when Elmer was growing up.

Jan 24, 2019 04:16 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

That invention saved many life's and a great contribution to mankind,

Jan 24, 2019 04:17 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

One of mankind's better inventions and kudos to him.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 24, 2019 04:33 AM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Wow that is a life saving accomplishment !

Jan 24, 2019 05:47 AM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is something that is a special achievement that one could by justly proud of.

Jan 24, 2019 06:25 AM #7
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I've heard of the company, James.  Looks like they have moved it offshore for tax reasons.

Jan 24, 2019 06:45 AM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 I must agree that I had never heard of this gentleman before however no one can argue that his gift to mankind will go down in history ...

Jan 24, 2019 08:16 AM #9
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

What an amazing contribution to society!  I'm like Nina, I had no idea the word nerd even existed back then.  I wasn't aware of it until the TV show Happy Days came out. 

Jan 24, 2019 08:44 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a coincidence that you wrote this post.  We produced a video for a doctor from Medtronics, when we lived in Napa.  And thanks for explaining the word "nerd" and it origin. A

Jan 24, 2019 11:16 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I have actually heard of Medtronic!  The external battery operated pacemaker was an invention that saved lives. 

Jan 24, 2019 11:22 AM #12
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Life saving invention for many people. Nerds are cool people, in my book!

Jan 26, 2019 06:52 AM #13
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