Invention: Surgical Tools
Scientist and Inventor. Vivien T. Thomas was born in New Iberia, Louisiana. His family later moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he was educated in the public schools Graduating with Honors from Pearl High School.
In 1929, after working as an orderly in a private infirmary to raise money for college, he enrolled as a premedical student at Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial College. The bank crash that year wiped out his life's savings, forcing him to drop out of school.
In 1930, he took a position at Vanderbilt University as a laboratory assistant with Dr. Alfred Blalock. Thomas' abilities as a surgical assistant and research associate were of the highest ... findagrave.com