John Haven Emerson

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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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Comments (18)

Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

What a gift to those who need it most !

Nov 16, 2019 04:23 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Have a very special weekend.

Nov 16, 2019 04:38 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - the ideas and improvements of Mr. Emerson have certainly played a pivotal role in the improvement of life.  

Nov 16, 2019 04:57 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Like your series on determined men and women! Keep them coming. Enjoy your day!

Nov 16, 2019 05:12 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... with all the new technology out there, it's amazing to think something invented 60+ years ago is still as viable today as it was then.

Nov 16, 2019 05:23 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He sure was in the forefront of so many others in that time.

Nov 16, 2019 05:30 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, that truly is incredible work that he did, I love learning about people like this.

Nov 16, 2019 06:33 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is another wonderful story to start my Saturday with.  Wishing you  a delightful day at the links.  A

Nov 16, 2019 06:54 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - his advances in the area of medicine certainly have impoved life expectancy.

Nov 16, 2019 06:59 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This was a really interesting and somewhat sad read.

Nov 16, 2019 07:28 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Thanks for the information, James Dray 

It is always interesting to see the evolution of our society brought about by inventive and creative people.

Nov 16, 2019 07:59 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Okay James,  Where do you come up with this information to share with us here in the Rain!

Nov 16, 2019 09:17 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good afternoon James,

We do need to breathe and a good thing he had some ideas for those in need.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 16, 2019 11:45 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- amazing story about someone who made a lot of contributions. 

Nov 16, 2019 01:45 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Interesting story about a man who made a huge difference in the lives of others.  Thanks for sharing James!

Nov 16, 2019 03:34 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Many thanks are due this inventor for his accomplishments, especially for the pleural suction pump.


Nov 17, 2019 04:28 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

James Dray I've known two people who patented medical instruments and both became very, very rich because of them.

Nov 18, 2019 07:19 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

That estate sale purchase was a find that helped set his future in motion.  At 22 he must have already been involved in developing his vision. Amazing.

Nov 19, 2019 04:12 AM