John Haven “Jack” Emerson was born in New York City back in 1906 to Haven and Grace. Sorry, I don’t have any information about his schooling and early childhood, so let’s get to it shall we.
When he was 22 he bought a machine shop for the estate of a local inventor. In 1931, he developed an oxygen test which incorporated an improved cooling system.
By 1931, he improved the design of the Drinker lung, making the iron lung quitter, lighter and more efficient. Drinker filed a lawsuit against John, only to lose the suit and his patents were declared invalid. His first design nicknamed “Old Number One” is currently on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He was also involved in the development for Scuba gear for the Navy shortly before WWII. In 1955, he developed the first pleural suction pump for postoperative thoracic surgery. That device is still being used to this day.
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