John Abele | Srivideo
Born/Date of Birth: 1937
Place of Birth: New London, Connecticut, United States
Education: Amherst College, 1959
Occupation: Businessman and inventor
Known for: co-founder of Boston Scientific
Net worth: Increase US $ 603 million (2006)
Board member of: FIRST Robotics, Argosy Foundation, Rocky Mountain Institute
Spouse(s): Mary Abele
Children: Chris Abele, Alex Abele, Jeneye Abele
Parent(s): Mannert Lincoln Abele, Catherine Eaton
John E. Abele (born 1937) is an American businessman, and the co-founder and a director of Boston Scientific, a medical device company. He was awarded the ASME Medal in 2010.
Early life and education
Abele was raised in a "Classic Yankee family," the youngest of three sons of Catherine (née Eaton) and Lieutenant Commander Mannert Lincoln Abele, USN. His father was the commanding officer of the submarine USS Grunion when the vessel was lost in the Aleutians on July 31, 1942 presumably to enemy action.
John and his brothers later organized, managed, and funded research to locate and photograph the Grunion – which was found in the Bering Sea -, document the cause, and locate relatives of all the crew. At the age of seven, Abele was stricken with osteomyelitis, a bacterial infection of the bone, requiring multiple surgeries and years of using crutches. He is a graduate of Amherst College with a double major in physics and philosophy (he later served as a trustee).
His first job was at a light-fixture company in the Midwest; he later moved back to New England to work for a small medical company near Boston. Soon after he branched out on his own and co-founded Boston Scientific with Peter Nicholas.
He was the Chairman of the Board for FIRST robotics, and served as chairman from 2002 to 2010.
Abele is also a member of the USA Science and Engineering Festival's Advisory Board.
Abele is married to Mary Abele. They have three children: Chris, Alex, and Jennifer. Chris Abele successfully ran for Milwaukee County executive in 2010.
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