Adam Kissiah was
born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and graduated from Oakhurst High
School (Charlotte) in May, 1947. After one year at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Adam joined the U.S. NAVY in July, 1949
and remained until March, 1953 (Korean War, honorably discharged).
After discharge from the Navy, Adam returned to school at Charlotte
College, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC where
he earned a B.S. in Physics in 1956.
From September 1956 to April 1963, Adam was employed by RCA Service Co.
and Pan American World Airways at Patrick AFB/Cape Canaveral (Missile
Test Division) as Electronic Tracking Systems Engineer supporting
Redstone, Jupiter, Mercury, Pershing, and Minuteman rocket Programs).
In April, 1963, he was employed by the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA), at Kennedy Space Center, FL. And assigned duties
as launch instrumentation systems engineer. He served in various
capacities such as section chief, staff engineer, and as contract
technical manager/representative in launch instrumentation and data
systems operation and management. He supported Mercury, Gemini, Apollo,
Apollo Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz test project (ASTP), and shuttle programs
through November, 1989.
During his employment with NASA, he applied for a patent through NASA /
Kennedy Space Center (KSC) patent counsel (James O. Harrell) for the
patent of an electronic digital hearing aid,
United States Patent # 4,063,048,
awarded Dec 13,1977, re-issued (#31,031) Sep 14, 1982. The patent is
considered the first patentable design for digital electronics
stimulation of the acoustic nerve in humans. Principles are currently
being used in human implantation for hearing restoration in profoundly
deaf patients throughout the U.S., and many other countries around the
Adam retired from NASA - Dec 02, 1989
Adam is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
(IEEE), Canaveral Section, Florida, a member of the American Legion, and
is a current member of the board of directors of the New Abilities
Federation, Chicago, Ill.
the midst of the recognition surrounding his invention, Adam Kissiah has remained extremely humble about his role. "Regardless
of what level of participation I had, it is nice to know I contributed
to making many lives better,” he said.
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