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September 23, 2012

Ottawa's George J. Klein, inventor of the electric wheelchair

Really interesting profile in the Globe and Mail of Geroge J. Klein. Check out some of the amazing stuff he worked on during his career:
George Johann Klein was considered one of Canada's most productive 20th-century inventors. His years of work at the National Research Council (NRC) contributed to the development of the first microsurgical staple gun, the ZEEP nuclear reactor, the international system for classifying ground-cover snow, aircraft skis, the Weasel all-terrain vehicle and the STEM antenna for the space program. 
At the age of 72, he was pulled out of retirement to act as chief consultant on gear design for the CANADARM project and continued to further its development into his 80s. 
But it was the electric wheelchair he developed following the Second World War that is considered his crowning achievement...
Read the entire profile...

He's also a member of the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology Hall of Fame.

See also: Ottawa History Guide
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