Inventors are inspirational. Esther Takeuchi is an inventor, educator, materials scientist, and chemical engineer. She works on energy storage systems and power sources for biomedical devices. She holds over 140 patents and her best known invention is for compact lithium batteries for implantable defibrillators. The devices use electrical shocks to stop heart attacks and restore normal heart rhythms.
Esther Sans was born on September 8, 1953 in Kansas City, Missouri. Her father was an electrical engineer. Ester has moved multiple times throughout her life. She majored in chemistry and history at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1975, she received her Bachelor’s degree. She then received her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Ohio State University. She completed postdoctoral work in elctrochemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Buffalo.
Esther married Kenneth Takeuchi. She, also, worked for Greatbatch Inc, in Clarence, New York for 22 years. In 2007, she became a professor at the University of Buffalo. She next was a professor of chemistry, and material science and engineering at Stony Brook University. She is a Fellow of The Electrochemical Society. Esther is a chief scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. She has won multiple awards and honors including, as a leading female patent holder, she has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Esther Takeuchi is one of the world’s leading energy storage researchers. Be inspired! Have a bright day!