George C. Devol, Inventor of Robot Arm, Dies at 99
OBIT FROM THE NY TIMES
From The NY Times: August 18, 2011 George C. Devol, a largely self-taught inventor who drew from science fiction to help develop Unimate, the revolutionary mechanical arm that became a prototype for robots now widely used on automobile assembly lines and in other industries, died on Thursday at his home in Wilton, Conn. He was 99.
Learn more about him and his many influences in robotics here.