Forrest Morton Bird was an American aviator, inventor, and biomedical engineer. He is best known for having created some of the first reliable mass-produced mechanical ventilators for acute and chronic cardiopulmonary care.
|Born:||June 9, 1921, Stoughton, Massachusetts|
|Died:||August 02, 2015, Sagle, Idaho|
|Fields:||Pulmonology, Intensive Care|
|Education:||Doctor of Science in Aeronautics (1977), Doctor of Medicine (1979)|
|Alma mater:||Northrop University (ScD), Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas (MD)|
|Academic advisors:||Andre Cournad|
|Known for:||Bird Universal Medical Respirator (1958)|
|Notable awards:||National Inventors Hall of Fame, Presidential Citizens Medal, National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2009)|
|Spouses:||Mary Moran (m.1945), Dominique Deckers (m. 1988), Pamela Riddle (m. 1999)|
About Forrest Bird
American engineer and aviator credited with creating the first viable mechanical ventilator, the Bird Universal Medical Respirator, for seriously ill patients. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1995.
He served as a pilot in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.
His ventilator for infants, nicknamed the Babybird, had a hand in decreasing the mortality rate in breathing-challenged infants from 70% to 10%.
His wife Pamela was the co-founder of the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center.
He received the Presidential Citizens Medal from U.S. President George W. Bush in December 2008.
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- Northrop University alumni
- Presidential Citizens Medal recipients
- Physicians from Massachusetts
- National Medal of Technology recipients
- United States Army Air Forces pilots of World War II
- United States Army Air Forces officers