Dean Kamen

Dean Kamen


DEKA Research

Manchester, NH USA

It takes as much passion to succeed at something unimportant as something important.


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Dean Kamen


My road in life has been direct.
Says he was a poor student in college; took multiple choice tests and thought, there can't only be four answers to these problems.
He and his brother-a pediatric cancer researcher-developed a pump that could administer small amounts of medicine to children.
A doctor at Yale realized that the pump could be used to administer insulin to diabetics-started developing these pumps for different uses.
Built most of the outpatient dialysis equipment used today.
Tried to develop a way to purify water to the U.S. Pharmacopeia's standard for injection; failed, spent millions, but developed a powerful purifier.
Says that the greatest advantage that roadtrippers have over the successful people they've visited is time.
Before each project, he estimates how much time it would take to develop; if the tradeoff between success and time sunk isn't worth it, he doesn't do it.
Says in the end, it probably won't matter which of the right paths you take; there are many and they're all important in different ways.


High School
Worcester Polytechnic Institute



I'm an inventor creating new medical devices, water purifiers, and energy technologies to help people around the world.

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