Dean Kamen Success Story

Dean Kamen Success Story

Dean L. Kamen

Dean Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur and an advocate for science and technology. As an inventor, Dean holds more than 150 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide.


Dean Kamen was born in 1951, in Long Island, New York. His father, Jack, was an illustrator for Weird Science and Mad comic books and his mother, Evelyn, was a teacher. Kamen was more interested in inventions and did not do well in the school. By the time Kamen was a teenager, he was being paid for his inventions, most of which he built in his parents' basement. He was earning about $60,000 a year before graduating from high school.


dean kamen working

Dean Kamen Kamen attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts but dropped out without graduating. In 1976, he founded his own company, AutoSyringe. In 1982 Kamen sold AutoSyringe to Baxter International, an international health-care company. Kamen founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation in 1982 and in1989, founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a program for students to get people interested in science, technology, and engineering. 

Career Highlights

dean kamen riding his invention

During his graduation, Kamen invented AutoSyringe, a portable device that is used to administered doses of medication to the patients.

Invented the Segway PT, an electric, self-balancing human transporter with a computer-controlled gyroscopic stabilization and control systemCo-invented of a compressed air device that would launch a human into the air in order to quickly launch SWAT teams or other emergency workers to the roofs of tall, inaccessible buildings

dean kamen at the first robotics championship

Co-inventor of The iBOT, a powered wheelchair, it can climb stairs, traverse sandy and rocky terrain and raise its user to eye-level with a standing person.

Personal Life

dean kamen mansion

Kamen lives in his mansion, Westwind in Bedford, New Hampshire. The mansion has many unique features, keeping his taste for invention in perspective. Kamen owns an Embraer Phenom 300 light jet aircraft and three Enstrom helicopters, including a 280FX, a 480, and a 480B. Kamen is also a member of the USA Science and Engineering Festival's Advisory Board.


He is the main subject of Code Name Ginger: the Story Behind Segway and Dean Kamen's Quest to Invent a New World, a nonfiction narrative book by journalist Steve Kemper



Global Humanitarian Award
Global Humanitarian Award
Lindbergh Award
ASME Medal
Lemelson–MIT Prize
National Medal of Technology and Innovation
Heinz Award
Hoover Medal

Dean Kamen at TEDMED 2010

Full Name :
Dean L. Kamen
Born :
5th-Apr -1951
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Birth Place :
Long Island
New York
Education :
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Massachusetts,
Kettering University Michigan,
Clarkson University New York,
Wentworth Institute of Technology Massachusetts,
North Carolina State University,
Bates College Maine,
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago
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