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 as a high school student, he eventually graduated from the University of Toronto. 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. Klein, Canada Science and Technology Museum.