Biomedical Technology Timeline Project

  • Vaccines

    The first vaccine was created by Edward Jenner in 1796. By extracting substance from an infected smallpox blister, and then injecting it into another person, it would prevent the patient from becoming sick due to smallpox.
  • Anaesthesics

    The anesthetic, ether, experienced its first successful use by William T. G. Morton. This led the way to many future surgeries becoming safer and painless.
  • Germ Theory

    Germ Theory
    Louis Pasteur theorized that the cause of diseases are tiny, invisible, microorganisms. He claimed that food spoiled, not randomly, but due to bacteria that could not be seen.
  • First Antibiotic

    First Antibiotic
    Alexander Fleming discovered the first antibiotic, penicillin, which was used to treat streptococcal meningitis. Antibiotics are still essential to fighting bacterial infections today.
  • Artificial Heart

    Artificial Heart
    The first artificial heart was created by Vladimir Demikhov. It was tested and later implanted in a dog.
  • Penicillin's Publicity

    Penicillin's Publicity
    Penicillin first became available to the general public on June 1st of 1946. This opened the floodgates to hundreds of antibiotics being used across the world.
  • Computers in Hospitals

    Computers in Hospitals
    With the help of computer manufacturer IBM, John Diebold studied the effectiveness of computers being used in the healthcare field. Today, computers are vital for storing information and conducting medical research.
  • CT Scanner

    CT Scanner
    The first computed tomography scanner was invented by Dr. Godfrey Hounsfield. The CT scanner is essentially a more in-depth version of the X-ray; it allows for a full 3D image to be created of the entire body in just one minute. It can detect numerous types of diseases and injuries.
  • Human Genome Project

    Human Genome Project
    Beginning in 1990 and ending in 2003, the Human Genome Project was a 13 year long research project that revealed the makeup of the human genetic code. It impacts everyone today because it allows for new methods of preventing and curing countless amounts of diseases.
  • COVID-19 Fact Awareness

    COVID-19 Fact Awareness
    The outbreak of COVID-19 has allowed the entire world to truly experience the effects of a pandemic. The knowledge gained through COVID-19's impact relating to virus safety, vaccinations, treatment, etc., will allow for future generations to be better prepared than ever for the next possible global pandemic.