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Forrest Bird

AKA Forrest Morton Bird

Born: 9-Jun-1921
Birthplace: Stoughton, MA
Died: 2-Aug-2015
Location of death: Sagle, ID
Cause of death: Natural Causes

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Inventor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Bird Universal Medical Respirator

Military service: US Army Signal Corps (WWII)

As his first wife was diagnosed with emphysema, he developed the first commercially viable medical respirator in 1964. A related invention, the BABYbird neonatal respirator, was released in 1969, bringing the death rate for babies with respiratory distress from 65% down to 10%. Bird sold his business to 3M in 1978. After retiring to Idaho, he operated the "Bird Aviation and Invention Museum" and owned two dozen aircraft. He died in 2015.

Wife: Mary (d. 1986 emphysema)
Wife: Pamela H. Riddle

    High School: Brockton Armory, Brockton, MA
    University: BS Aeronautical Engineering (unverified, institution unknown)
    Medical School: MD (unverified, institution unknown)

    American Respiratory Care Foundation Board of Trustees (emeritus)
    Helen's List
    National Inventors Hall of Fame 1995
    National Medal of Technology and Innovation 2008

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