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Geddes, L. A. (Leslie Alexander), 1921-



  • Existence: May 24, 1921 - October 29, 2009

Biographical Information

Leslie Geddes was born in Scotland on May 24, 1921. He received his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from McGill University and his PhD from in physiology from Baylor University College of Medicine. In 1974, Geddes was recruited to Purdue University, where he established a biomedical engineering program and eventually became the Showalter Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering as well as Director of the Hillenbrand Biomedical Engineering Center at Purdue. Geddes conducted research in electromyography, cardiac output, cardiac pacing, ventricular defibrillation, and blood pressure. Geddes has 29 U.S. patents in his name including a regenerative tissue graft, a pacemaker that automatically increases a person's heart rate during exercise, a vital signs monitor for premature infants, and a portable electrocardiograph. He has written thirteen books and over eight hundred scientific papers, and his numerous awards include the Edison Medal (1994) and the National Medal of Technology (2006) for his contributions to electrode design and tissue restoration. Geddes retired from full-time teaching in 1991, but still taught a course and participated in research. Geddes passed away on October 25, 2009. The chair of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, which he helped found, is endowed the Leslie A. Geddes Chair in his honor.


MSO 1, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program collection, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Purdue University College of Engineering records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 89
Scope and Contents The Purdue University College of Engineering records document the historical background of the College; included are many historical documents, annual reports, pamphlets, publicity, department brochures, pamphlets, and programs, newsletters, publications, alumni information and various related material.Some items of note are key historical documents from the earliest Purdue Engineering Laboratories, such as the Locomotive and Automobile Test Laboratories. Also included is...
Dates: 1859 - 2023

Leslie and LaNelle Geddes papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 486
Scope and Contents The Leslie and LaNelle Geddes paper document the personal and professional lives of Dr. Leslie Geddes and Dr. LaNelle Geddes. Dr. Leslie Geddes’ project files, lecture notes, and awards are particularly well-represented in this collection, as is Dr. LaNelle Geddes’ speeches, teaching awards, and correspondence.
Dates: 1921 - 2015