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  • February 9 - Kevin Warwick - British scientist and professor of cybernetics. A scientist who is best known for implanting an electrode array in the nerve fibers of his arm that allowed him to directly interface with computers in a power wheelchair and artificial arm.[2]
  • May 8 - Van Phillips - Inventor. Phillips is a single-amputee and the inventor of the Flex-Foot line of artificial legs including the Cheetah Flex-Foot made famous by runner Oscar Pistorius.
  • May 20 - David Paterson - American politician. Paterson is the first African American and legally blind Lieutenant Governor of New York.[3]


  • July 13 - Frida Kahlo - Mexican painter. Kahlo was famous for her self-portraits and use of vibrant color. Kahlo contracted polio at the age of 6, but she began painting only after a serious accident resulting in serious [spinal]] injuries. She eventually regained the ability to walk. Kahlo used painting as a form of personal expression and therapy for her pain.[4]


  1. "RIC History." Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. 2008. Accessed on April 28, 2008.
  2. "The next step towards true Cyborgs?." University of Redding. September 22, 2005. Accessed on May 19, 2008.
  3. "New York Governor Eliot Spitzer Resigns Effective Monday Amid Links to Prostitution Ring ." Fox News Online. FOX News Network, LLC. March 12, 2008. Accessed on March 12, 2008.
  4. "Biography of Frida Kahlo." Accessed on March 7, 2008.