Dean Kamen Named Global Humanitarian

Jun42013

Applied Materials VP of HR Mary Humiston applauds Global Humanitarian Dean Kamen

Widely known for inventing the Segway, Dean Kamen, a pioneering health-care technologist and tireless advocate for science and technology, has been named the tenth recipient of the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award for his life-changing influence on persistent health challenges around the world. Inspired by Applied Materials Chairman Emeritus, Jim Morgan, the award honors individuals whose broad vision and leadership are focused on combating humanity’s greatest problems.

With nearly 500 U.S. and foreign patents for medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of healthcare worldwide, Mr. Kamen’s entrepreneurial spirit and drive have enabled many breakthrough inventions in medicine.

A testament to Mr. Kamen's belief that technology and innovation only mean something if they have an impact on people’s lives, his early developments include the first portable infusion device to deliver drug treatments that previously required round-the-clock hospital care as well as a portable dialysis machine, a vascular stent, and the iBOT — a motorized wheelchair that climbs stairs. Mr. Kamen also led teams in the development of an insulin pump for diabetics, portable energy and water purification devices for the developing world, and a prosthetic arm for injured soldiers.

As a founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating youth to understand, use and enjoy science and technology, Mr. Kamen strives to inspire the next generation of technological leaders to continue innovating. 

Mr. Kamen will accept the Global Humanitarian Award in November at the Tech Awards, Silicon Valley’s premier science and technology recognition ceremony. Annually, more than 1,400 esteemed innovators in the technology industry gather at the formal charity event to celebrate the power of technology to address global challenges and benefit humanity. The gala also recognizes 10 technologists, educators, scientists and entrepreneurs who are using technology to improve our world.

For more information visit The Tech Awards web site.