|Birthname||William Alfred Cook|
|born on||27 January 1931 at 18:10 (= 6:10 PM )|
|Place||Mattoon, Illinois, 39n29, 88w22|
|Timezone||CST h6w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||07°07' 18°39 Asc. 20°29'|
American entrepreneur, philanthropist and historic preservationist and one of America's wealthiest men.
He founded the medical equipment manufacturer Cook Group in 1963. Cook, Inc. is now the world's largest family-owned medical device manufacturer. Notable products included the Spectrum antibiotic-impregnated catheter (Rifamphin/Minocycline); the Gianturco-Roubin coronary stent, the first coronary stent approved for use in the USA; the first paclitaxel-coated drug-eluting stent, the Supra-G, tested in Asia; and the V-Flex, tested in Europe.
He died on April 15, 2011.
- Work : Start Business 1963
Sy Scholfield quotes Bob Hammel, "The Bill Cook Story: Ready, Fire, Aim!" (Indiana University Press, 2008), p. 28: "The Great Depression was tightening its chokehold on America when Cook was born in Mattoon, Illinois, on Tuesday, January 27, 1931, the first and only child of George and Cleo Cook. He arrived on what his mother remembered as an unusually warm day for January. She also remembered the sound of an Illinois Central Railroad train whistle blowing somewhere close at the very moment of her son's birth, 6:10 pm."
- Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur