Donald Shiley

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American engineer

Why Is Donald Shiley Influential?

According to Wikipedia, Donald Pearce Shiley was the inventor of the Bjork–Shiley valve, a prosthetic heart valve. He was a 1951 alumnus of the University of Portland, where he studied engineering. Early life He was born in Yakima, Washington on January 19, 1920. His family was homesteaders, and followed the fruit harvest; he joined his brothers at harvest time through the years of the Great Depression, but quickly learned that his interest and skill were in “fixing things” on the farm. He said that “I liked machines. I liked the way they are ideas that get built.“

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