John Hopps, a Canadian, invented the first heart pacemaker. At the age of 21, he joined the National Research Council in 1941 after training at the University of Manitoba as an electrical engineer. He found that by using mechanical means the heart could be artificially started again after it was exposed to a cooling process. With this discovery, Hopps was able to build the first pacemaker in 1950.

In 1958, the first pacemaker was implanted in a human body. Unfortunately in 1984, Dr. Hopps had to have a pacemaker in order to regulate his heart. At this point in time, this invention was considered to be routine surgery. Thirteen years later, Hopps received his second pacemaker. The first pacemaker had lost its charge and was showing signs of weakness. Hopps insisted to the doctors that the pacemaker was reaching the end of its life and random impulses were being detected.Hopps died on November 24th, 1998. The Canadian company Mitel is the world’s largest manufacturer for the inside parts of the pacemaker. Dr. Hopps was known to most people as ‘Jack’. He became known as the Father of Biomedical Engineering. His wife, Eleanor, predeceased Jack. He also left behind a daughter and two sons. Not only is he missed by his family, but also by his colleagues. Let give thanks to Dr John Hopps for his awesome discovery. May God continue to bring people like this man on the earth. We really need to be more thankful for what this man has done for us all. God bless you all, may the Lord send each and everyone of you some flowers of peace this up coming spring. @~~~~~}~~~~

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We should all thankk Dr. John Hopps

by Surferman - 2007-03-31 11:03:01

Thank you, Christmmpace for this info. I've often wondered to whom I should be grateful for this wonderful device I have implanted in my chest. And a collective
thanks to Dr. Hopps, another wonderful Canadian.

Thank You!

by auntiesamm - 2007-04-01 02:04:26

Hi James - This is wonderful information! I guess I have never really thought about who might have invented the pacemaker. My first ever experience with a pacer was in 1968 when my dad had one implanted. It was the old, doorknob-sized pacer. When he died his physician felt that most likely the pacemaker had failed but there was no way it could be determined. I love it when one of our pacer family members comes up with great info. Keep it coming. God bless.



by randrews - 2007-04-01 12:04:56

That is awsome stuff. Thank you for the information. My life took a turn for the better instead of for the worse, thanks to this man,


by Christmmpace - 2007-04-12 11:04:02

Hi everyone,

I'm glad you enjoyed the information. Take care and happy pacing to all. God bless you all.


Thank you for this info

by JudyP - 2007-09-03 08:09:48

I knew the pacemaker was invented my a Canadian but did not know all the info so I appreciate reading this. I was one of the youngest in Winnipeg to have a pacemaker inserted on Dec. 7, 1967 in Winnipeg, MB at the Winnipeg General Hospital. My heart rate was 20 beats per minute and I had lived that way 20-40 beats/minute for 17 yrs. At 17 they had no choice but to try and insert a pacer as I was having stokes adams attack every night and would not have survived without a pacer. I had the tansthoracic route done with the leads sewn directly onto the ventricle. I rejected the pacer for a year but am happy to say that this December will be 40 years. I have been married for 36 years and have three grown sons who I delivered naturally to the amazment of the doctors, it was a big deal back in the 70s. Most of my pacer only lasted a year back then, some even less. My first pacer was the size of a hockey puck. Memories...

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