George Klein (inventor)
|George Johann Klein
August 15, 1904|
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Died||November 4, 1992
|Education||University of Toronto|
|Known for||Invention of the Canadarm, power wheelchair, microsurgical staple gun, ZEEP nuclear reactor|
|Awards||Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame inductee, Order of Canada, Order of the British Empire|
George Johann Klein, OC MBE (August 15, 1904 – November 4, 1992) was a Hamilton, Ontario-born Canadian inventor who is often called the most productive inventor in Canada in the 20th century. Although he struggled through high school and got a grade C (which is between 50 - 59%) he managed to get in at UofT in Toronto to become an inventor. His inventions include key contributions to the first electric wheelchairs for quadriplegics, the first microsurgical staple gun, the ZEEP nuclear reactor which was the precursor to the CANDU reactor, the international system for classifying ground-cover snow, aircraft skis, the Weasel all-terrain vehicle, the STEM antenna for the space program, and the Canadarm.
- Bourgeois-Doyle 2004, p. 232.
- The Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame: George J. Klien, Canada Science and Technology Museum.
- George J. Klein at Canadian Science and Technology Museum Hall of Fame
- Canadian Science and Technology Museum Virtual Program at Canadian Science and Technology Museum
- George Johnn Klein at The Canadian Encyclopedia
- George J. Klein at CDC
- NRC Archives Photos - George Klein Wheel Chair