William Bennet Kouwenhoven was born in Brooklyn, New York back in 1886. I don’t have any data about his childhood, however the attended the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn where he received his BA in electrical engineering. In 1907, he received his MS in mechanical engineering. In 1910, he moved to Germany to study at the Karlsruhe Technische Hochschule earing his doctorate in engineering in 1913.
In 1914, he was hired as a professor at Johns Hopkins, by 1919 he was an associate professor, being promoted to full professor in 1930. In 1938, he was promoted to Dean of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Engineering retiring in 1954. He was awarded the Edison Medal and the Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award. He died in 1975, he was 89.
What you may not know about William is what he is famous for. He is known as the “Father of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation”. He developed the first closed-chest cardiac massage and the cardiac defibrillator.
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