George J. Klein, the Hamilton-born design engineer who is often cited as the most productive inventor in Canada in the 20th century, is the 1995 inductee to the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame. His induction to the Hall of Fame was announced in conjunction with the start of National Science and Technology Week, October 13, 1995.
Dr. Klein's numerous inventions include the electric wheelchair for quadriplegics, the microsurgical staple gun, a wide range of industrial gearing systems, and internationally important innovations in aviation and space technologies. His early research, for example, made it practical to use skis on aircraft, and his later inventions included the STEM antenna which became a renowned Canadian contribution to the Gemini and Apollo Space programs.
Dr. Klein, who passed away at the age of 88 in 1992, headed the team that designed Canada's first nuclear reactor in the 1940s, and contributed to many of the military inventions key to the allied efforts in World War II. At the age of 72, Dr. Klein was called out of retirement to act as chief consultant on gear design for the CANADARM project.
With his induction to the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame, Dr. Klein joins Nobel Laureates such as
Dr. Gerhard Herzberg and Sir Frederick Banting
and respected inventors such as J. Armand Bombardier and
Alexander Graham Bell