Canada’s most prolific inventor of the 20th century

In the last two posts related to the content of the 2015 Canada Booth at the International Festival, we presented Canadian contributions to the world of  to medicine and health as well as engineering.  Did you know that one Canadian made four contributions amongst those listed in those two fields in the Booth?

George Klein from Hamilton, Ontario (August 15, 1904 – November 4, 1992) is the man behind the microsurgical staple gun used to suture blood vessels (not illustrated), the electric wheel chair, the STEM antenna (STEM stands for Storable Tubular Extendible Member) used in satellites. and the CANADARM (he was pulled out retirement to work on the project). He worked for the National Research Council of Canada.  Klein–who became the hero of the team elaborating the Canada Booth content last year–also contributed several other inventions to the world. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, and in 1995, was inducted to the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame.