Artificial heart pioneer Robert Jarvik donated some of his inventions to the Smithsonian. In this interview, he tells us why people find his life's work so fascinating. We also pay a visit to the Liotta-Cooley artificial heart currently on display at the Smithsonian. The Liotta-Cooley was first implanted in a human in 1969, thirteen years before the Jarvik-7 made history when it kept Barney Clark alive for 112 days in 1982.
"Prototype Online: Inventive Voices" is a podcast series produced by the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center. Written and hosted by Paul Rosenthal. Audio production by Benjamin Bloom. Theme music by Will Eastman. Art Molella, executive producer. Robert Jarvik was originally interviewed on 30 January 2007 by Paul Rosenthal; podcast released 15 August 2007.
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