Leslie A. Geddes, Ph.D., receives National Medal of Technology

President Bush lauds Purdue University professor emeritus

Leslie A. Geddes, Ph.D., receives National Medal of Technology.

Leslie A. Geddes, Ph.D., D.Sc., received the National Medal of Technology from President George W. Bush in a ceremony at the White House on July 27, 2007. A member of RCA since 1993, Geddes is a professor emeritus at Purdue University. Geddes was selected for the nation’s highest award for technological innovations “for his contributions to electrode design and tissue restoration, research that has led to new diagnostic and therapeutic methods. Burn victims heal with fewer scars. Miniature cuffs can be slipped over the pinky-size limbs of premature infants to monitor their health. Heart patients can exercise with pacemakers that automatically increase a person’s heart rate,” a story at IndyStar.com reads.

“Geddes, 86, retired in 1991. But, as he told President Bush, he’s in the laboratory every day. Why? ‘I wouldn’t know what to do,’ he said. ‘I’m not done yet.’ … He’s written more than 725 scholarly articles, authored, edited or co-authored more than 20 textbooks and developed more than 30 patents, including one for a pacifier that delivers medication to infants,” a story in the Journal & Courier reads.

Use those links to the stories I quoted from to read some details about one of RCA’s remarkable members. Leslie received the Club’s Henri Busignies Memorial Award in 1997, and he became a Fellow in 2001.

Leslie was the youngest radio amateur in Canada when he earned a license there in 1935 at age 14. “I had to log off the air in 1939 because World War II started in the British Empire,” he told me when I spoke with him last year. After the war ended and Leslie was busy with college studies, he did not continue with amateur radio. “I often wish I had gotten back into ham radio,” he said.

He keeps busy enough, though, arriving at the laboratory as early as 4:30 a.m. to 5 a.m., according to the newspaper stories. By the way, my favorite story about Leslie receiving the medal is in Purdue’s student newspaper, the Exponent. It’s more personal. I often like stories in student newspapers better than stories in their commercial newspaper counterparts.

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