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Otis Boykin

1960s –Otis Boykin was born in Texas in 1920. Boykin attended Fisk University in the late 1930s and spent a couple years at the Illinois Institute of Technology before dropping out for a job opportunity. In 1964 Boykin moved to Paris and is noted for several inventions including a pacemaker control unit that uses electrical impulses to maintain a patient’s heartbeat.

Boykin died from heart failure in 1982.

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