Birth date – 08/29/1920
Birth place – Dallas , Texas
- After graduating high school , he attended fisk college in Nashville , Tennessee. He graduated in 1941 and took a job as a laboratory assistant with the Majestic Radio and TV Corporation in Chicago , Illinois.
- Boykins excelled at testing automatic aircraft controls.
- Boykins decided to try to develop a business of his own and founded Boykin-Fruth , Incorporated , at the same time he decided to continue his education , pursuing graduate studies at the Illinois institute of Technology in Chicago , Illinois
- He attended classes in 1946 and 1947 but was forced to drop out because he lacked the funds to pay the next year’s tuition.
- Despite this setback , Boykin realized that a Masters Degree was not a pre requisite for inventive competence. He set out to work on project that he had contemplated while in school.
- Boykin took a special interest in working with resistors , A resistor is an electronic component that slows the flow of an electrical current. This is necessary to prevent too much electricity from passing through a component than is necessary or even safe.
- Boykin sought and received a patent for a wire precision resistor on 06/16/1959 This resistor allowed for a specific amount of current to flow through for a specific purpose and would be used in radios and televisions , Two years later he created another resistor that could be manufactured very inexpensively.
- It was a breakthrough device , not surprisingly it was in great demand as he received orders from consumer electronics manufacturers , the united states military and electronics behemoth IBM.
- In 1964 Boykin moved to paris , creating electronic innovations for a new market of customers. Most of these creations involved electrical resistance components (including small component thick-film resistors used in computers and variable resistors used in guided missile systems)
- His most famous invention , however was a control unit for the pacemaker , which used electrical impulses to stimulate the heart and create a steady heartbeat.
- In a tragic irony , Boykin died in 1982 as a result of heart failure.
- Otis Boykin proved that the setback of having to drop out of school was not enough to deter him from his dream of becoming an inventor and having a long=lasting effect on the world.