George Devol

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Birthday
20, 1912
Birthplace
Kentucky
Death Date
Aug 11, 2011 (99)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
20, 1912
Birthplace
Kentucky
Death Date
Aug 11, 2011 (99)

About

Famous as the inventor of Unimate, the first automatic robot to be used for industrial purposes, Devol was a key figure in the development of modern-day robotics and was also one of the first testers of microwave technology.

Before Fame

Early in his career as an inventor, he opened a business called United Cinephone that aimed to profit from the then-new "talkie" film industry.

Trivia

During World War II, he founded a company -- General Electronics Industries -- that manufactured devices used for military anti-radar purposes.

Family Life

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he later lived and worked in Connecticut and Florida. He died at the age of ninety-nine and was survived by four children.

Associated With

He and Matthew Mason are both known for their work in the robotics field.