ST. PAUL, MN – In honor and remembrance of Minnesota engineer, business leader, and philanthropist Earl Bakken, Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed today as “Earl Bakken Day” in the State of Minnesota.
Bakken was a leader in medical technology, an accomplished entrepreneur, and a lifelong humanitarian.
Bakken was born in Colombia Heights, Minnesota, and later graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1948.
As co-founder of the world’s largest medical device company, Medtronic, Bakken invented the first battery-powered, wearable pacemaker, inspiring the future of medical device technology and saving countless lives around the world.
Earl Bakken passed away on October 21, 2018 at the age of 94.
Dayton says he will be remembered as a medical engineering pioneer and health care visionary, and for his life-saving and philanthropic efforts both in the State of Minnesota and around the world.