About John Heysham Gibbon, Jr.
John Heysham Gibbon Jr., AB, MD, (September 29, 1903 – February 5, 1973) a surgeon best known for inventing the heart-lung machine and performing the first open heart surgery (a repair of an atrial septal defect). He was the son of Dr. John Heysham Gibbon, Sr., and Marjorie Young Gibbon (daughter of General Samuel Young), and came from a long line of medical doctors including his father, grandfather Robert, great-grandfather John, and great-great grandfather.
Gibbon received his AB from Princeton University in 1923 and his MD from Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia in 1927. Later, he received honorary degrees from the Universities of Princeton, Buffalo and Pennsylvania, and Dickinson College. He married Mary Hopkinson, daughter of painter Charles Hopkinson. He had four children, Mary, John, Alice, and Marjorie.
During World War II, he served in the Burma China India Theater.
He was a great-nephew of Civil War and Indian War commander Maj. General John Gibbon.