Today in History: Otis Boykin patents the Electrical Resistor
He is responsible for inventing the electrical device used in all guided missiles and IBM computers, plus 26 other electronic devices including a control unit for an artificial heart stimulator (pacemaker).
One of Boykin’s first achievements was a type of resistor used in computers, radios, television sets, and a variety of electronic devices.
The innovations in resistor design reduced the cost of producing electronic controls for radio and television, for both military and commercial applications.
Other inventions by Otis Boykin also included a burglarproof cash register and chemical air filter.