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Rockefeller Institute Researcher Dead at 68

October 8, 1989

NEW YORK (AP) _ Biophysicist Alexander Mauro, a Rockefeller University professor who helped develop the radio frequency cardiac pacemaker, has died of cancer. He was 68.

Mauro died Friday, said institute spokesman Robert Brown.

The New Haven, Conn., native stayed in his hometown to receive a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1942 and his doctorate in biophysics in 1950. He joined the faculty of the Yale School of Medicine in 1951, starting a collaboration with cardiac surgeon William W.L. Glenn.

In 1958, the pair’s work led to development of the radio frequency cardiac pacemaker, which was designed for patients with Stokes-Adams disease - a condition marked by a slow, irregular pulse.

A year later Mauro left Yale to become a biophysics professor at The Rockefeller University, where he specialized in work on cell membranes. He wrote or co-authored almost 100 scholarly publications in his career.

He was survived by his wife, Jean Gilpatrick.

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