Otto Schmitt

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Otto Schmitt
Born(1913-04-06)6 April 1913
Died6 January 1998(1998-01-06) (aged 84)
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States (1913–1998)
SpouseViola Schmitt
AwardsJohn Price Wetherill Medal (1972)
Scientific career
FieldsBiophysics
Bioengineering
Electrical engineering
InstitutionsWashington University
University of Minnesota
University College, London
ThesisAn electrical theory of nerve impulse propagation (1937)

Otto Herbert Schmitt (April 6, 1913 – January 6, 1998) was an American inventor, engineer, and biophysicist known for his scientific contributions to biophysics and for establishing the field of biomedical engineering. Schmitt also coined the term biomimetics and invented or co-invented the Schmitt trigger, the differential amplifier, and the chopper-stabilized amplifier.[1]

He was elected in 1953 a Fellow of the American Physical Society.[2] He was awarded the John Price Wetherill Medal in 1972.

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  1. ^ "Otto Schmitt, Biophysicist and Inventor Extraordinaire" Archived 2014-10-19 at the Wayback Machine, The Bakken Library and Museum.
  2. ^ "APS Fellow Archive". American Physical Society. (search on year=1953 and institution=University of Minnesota)
  • “Biomimetic.” Merriam-Webster.com. 2013. Web. April 15, 2013.
  • Geddes, Leslie A. "Personal Recollections Of Otto Schmitt. Otto Knew How To Get People's Attention." IEEE Engineering In Medicine And Biology Magazine: The Quarterly Magazine Of The Engineering In Medicine & Biology Society 23.6 (2004): 60-61. MEDLINE with Full Text. Web. 19 Mar. 2013.
  • Harkness, Jon M. "In Appreciation A Lifetime Of Connections: Otto Herbert Schmitt, 1913-1998." Physics In Perspective 4.4 (2002): 456. Academic Search Complete. Web. 19 Mar. 2013.
  • Patterson, Robert. "The Contributions Of Otto H. Schmitt. More Than The Schmitt Trigger." IEEE Engineering In Medicine And Biology Magazine: The Quarterly Magazine Of The Engineering In Medicine & Biology Society 23.6 (2004): 19. MEDLINE with Full Text. Web. 19 Mar. 2013.
  • Schmitt, Francis O. The Never-Ceasing Search. Vol. 188. Philadelphia: American Philosophilcal Society, 1990. Print. Memoirs.
  • Valentinuzzi, Max E. "Otto Herbert Arnold Schmitt (1913-1998), A Pioneer. Overview Of His Scientific Production." IEEE Engineering In Medicine And Biology Magazine: The Quarterly Magazine Of The Engineering In Medicine & Biology Society 23.6 (2004): 42-46. MEDLINE with Full Text. Web. 19 Mar. 2013.

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