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Canadian Technology: The Three Men Who Shaped It All

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Robert Samuel McLaughlin gave a great deal of his time contributing to the growth of technology by founding McLaughlin Carriage Company Limited.
Born in Cavan Township, Upper Canada on the sixteenth of November 1836 McLaughlin started his journey of creating his own company.18
At the prime age of forty-eight, McLaughlin built Oshawa Carriage Works.19 It was a three story brick factory which shortly became known as McLaughlin Carriage.20 The company continued to grow impressively through out years though the trade had been dyeing out through the 1890's.21 With all this growth Robert Samuel McLaughlin's business opened its first branch in Saint John, December 1896.22
Not only did McLaughlin work hard with his company McLaughling Carriage Works, in December 1884 he also became a member of the towns first ever board of health.23 Not only that but in 1899, Robert Samuel McLaughlin became mayor in 1899.24
During that same year of 1899, though everything seemed to be going perfectly a fire destroyed McLaughlin Carriage works that December.25 McLaughlin then stepped down from mayor and put all of his time towards fixing his factory.26 Thankfully the new factory was up and running that next year in November, and shortly after the company then became McLaughlin Carriage Company Limited provincially incorporated on the seventh of August 1901.27
After all his hard work, sadly McLaughlin passed in November 1921 of colon cancer. Thankfully to have his son take over his work.28

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Son and owner of the same name, Samuel McLaughlin carried on the family business as the head of the company until 1942 when he retired.29 He then took head chairman of the board for nineteen years.30 Throughout the years he made his father proud by receiving numerous honorary degrees from several Ontario Universities and was names a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1967.31
Over all Robert Samuel McLaughin and his son equally contributed to the expansion of technology by creating and running one of the first Canadian car companies.

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John Hopps created a life saving device called the cardiac pacemaker , and by doing so he contributed a major deal to the growth of medical technology in the Twentieth Century.
Known as the father of Biological engineering, John Hopps unintentionally created the first pacemaker in 1949 after being recruited by Dr. John.C .Caligram and Dr.Wilfred.G .Bigalow.32 The challenge: to keep the heart beating while in surgery.33
The bulky external mechanism worked by using vacuum tubes to generate electrical pulses into an insulated wire inserted inside of the jugular...

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