William B. Kouwenhoven
|William B. Kouwenhoven|
3 January 1886|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||10 November 1975
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Notable awards||IEEE Edison Medal|
He was born in Brooklyn, and received his B.E. from Brooklyn Polytechnic in New York, and his Ph.D. from the Karlsruhe Technische Hochschule in Germany in 1913. Kouwenhoven was an IEEE Fellow, recipient of the IEEE Edison Medal in 1961. He also received the Power Life Award and the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award.
He researched the electrophysiology of the heart and discovered the effects of electricity on the heart including defibrillation.
While a student at Brooklyn Polytech, Dr. Kouwenhoven joined Pi Kappa Phi fraternity on 25 February 1929.