1965

Rice researchers join Dr. Michael E. Debakey and his Baylor College of Medicine team to produce the 1st artificial heart. In 1966 Rice Professor William Akers describes the challenges of this engineering breakthrough to Thresher editors.

Today, the National Institutes of Health is funding an interdisciplinary project that brings together engineering researchers from the Texas Heart Institute, Rice University, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, MicroMed Cardiovascular Inc. and the University of Houston to develop a next-generation artificial heart. Rice is developing the computer model.

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The 1st artificial heart
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