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Otis Boykin (1920-1982)

Otis Boykin was an Africian-American inventor. He was born in Dallas, Texas in 1920. He attended Fisk University and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He attended for only two years, from 1946 to 1947.

Boykin first worked in the field of mechanics as a lab assistant where he tested automatic controls for airplanes. He invented the wire precision resistor and received a patent on June 16th, 1959. By February 21, 1854, he had invented an electrical resistor and had received a patent for it. Otis also invented the electrical capacitator and a method of producing it. He received a patent them on June 22, 1965.

On February 14, 1867, he received a patent for the electrical resistance capacitator. June 4, 1967, he patented an electrical resistance element and a method of producing it. On October 24 1967, he patented a method of making a thin film capacitator.

On June 23, 1968, he patented a thin film capacitator. September 6, 1968, he patented the electrical resistor element and added a method of producing it.

Boykin's next invention was the self supporting electrical resistor. It was composed of glass, refractory materials and noble metal oxide. This device was patented on May 12, 1981. It was used as a contol unit for the pacemaker.

Boykin died of heart failure in Chicago, Illinois.

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