William Bennet Kouwenhoven

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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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Comments (16)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - that was a wonderful discovery that has saved many lives.

Mar 13, 2021 03:24 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Hi James,  I was surprised that his story was all mechanical engineering and then ended up in the medical field.  I'm glad it did!

Mar 13, 2021 04:20 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

Two technologies that has saved many lives.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 13, 2021 04:30 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... happy to finally be able to comment on one of your posts! Another unsung hero who made a huge difference to all our lives. I'm quite familiar with Brookly Poly Tech... but not smart enough to get in. In my day it was a public high school in New York that was very difficult to get into.

Mar 13, 2021 04:43 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is awesome and I am sure it has saved a lot of lives!  I am amazed at the things they can do for the heart these days.  My Dad has 6 stints in his and seems to be doing well.

Mar 13, 2021 04:51 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

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

Take care, be safe and have a very special weekend.

Mar 13, 2021 04:54 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. William made a great contribution to heart medicine. Kudos to him. Enjoy your day.

Mar 13, 2021 05:21 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - Dr Kouwenhoven was definitely a pioneer in many areas.  Thank you for sharing his story.  

Mar 13, 2021 06:10 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow James, glad he came up with this and made a name for himself and safe so many lifes.


Mar 13, 2021 06:30 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great story, and I am wondering how many lives were resuscitated as a result of this man's work.  A

Mar 13, 2021 06:50 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I wonder how many lives William has saved over the years @James Dray ? He was blessed with a great talent and it has benefited all of mankind.

Mar 13, 2021 07:33 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- s discovery and procedure that has helped many!!!!

Mar 13, 2021 10:34 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James what an amazing inventor and invention, I remember when I used to watch TV there were a few doctor shows and always used the tool to bring back people that would have been gone....Endre

Mar 13, 2021 01:24 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hello there James. This is certainly a man who has saved a great many lives

Mar 13, 2021 03:36 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I don't think will ever know how many lives this procedure has saved and I had no idea who had come up with it. Thank you for sharing James 🙂

Mar 13, 2021 07:50 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

William Bennet Kouwenhoven is another individual who work benefited all mankind. That is quite a legacy to leave!

Sep 08, 2021 07:32 AM