#BlacksInTechnology: Otis Boykin was born on August 29, 1920, in #Dallas, Texas. He graduated from #Fisk College in 1941.
Few #inventors have had the lasting impact of Boykin. Look around the house today and you’ll see a variety of devices that utilize components made by Boykin – including #computers, #radios and #TV sets. Boykin’s inventions are all the more impressive when one considers he was an #AfricanAmerican in a time of segregation and the field of electronics was not as well-established as it is today.
He sought and received a #patent for a wire precision resistor on June 16, 1959. This resistor would later be used in radios and televisions. Two years later, he created a breakthrough device that could withstand extreme changes in temperature and pressure. The device, which was cheaper and more reliable than others on the market, came in great demand by the United States military for guided #missiles and IBM for computers. His most famous invention was a control unit for the #pacemaker.
Ironically, Boykin died in #Chicago in 1982 as a result of heart failure. Upon his death, he had 26 patents to his name.