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Jerome L. Murray
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    (August 20, 1912-January 7, 1998)
    Born in New York, New York
    American inventor
    Creator of everyday items such as the electric carving knife, the rotating TV antenna, the airplane boarding ramp, and the audible pressure cooker
    Also invented a pump for blood during operations that allowed for open heart surgery and led to the development of kidney dialysis treatments
    BS in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT
    Held 75 domestic and foreign patents at the time of his death
    He was a poor businessman and rarely (with a couple of major exceptions) made much money from his inventions. While working for a hydraulics company he received only a token $1 for each of the sixteen products he invented for the company.
    Most of his 'inventions' were simply improvements of existing products or just different ways of using them versus completely new ideas.
    He was goofy looking. Really, really goofy looking.
    Despite his many contributions to the world, he lived and died a virtual unknown.
    He came by his ideas from observation, hard work, and trying to do things a better way.
    He was 15 when he designed a windmill for providing electricity to rural radio users.
    He contributed products to an amazing variety of fields including: the rotary internal engine, a coffee roaster, a method for measuring jet engine thrust, a knife sharpener, and a female hygiene product.
    Belying the geeky image of inventors, he was a test pilot during WWII.
    He said 'I've never seen courses in the art of inventing. Science and marketing can be learned, but inventing comes from within.'
    He gave away his patent for the blood pump, which he considered his greatest invention, because 'it saved lives.'

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