The Ash Taba Show
The Ash Taba Show
Aug 26, 2020
Debut Author Who Was Inspired To Write His Novel Whilst Being Honored at The White House | Norman McCombs
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On episode 34 I speak with author and engineer Norman McCombs, who's debut novel "A Reason To Be" Is out now. Norman is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, which honored him with the EDISON Medal, their highest patent award. He has received numerous other awards for technical achievement, including the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama for developing the portable oxygen concentrator credited with saving and extending the lives of millions with lung diseases. He has over two hundred patents worldwide, primarily for air separation technology used for a myriad of oxygen applications around the world.

We talk about:

  • Norman's work in developing and patenting the portable Oxygen concentrator
  • How he managed to be the sole carer for his wife who had Alzheimer's and dementia.
  • The things that helped him to come out of and manage depression after his wife's passing.
  • His findings and passion for genealogy and understanding where we come from.
  • The process of writing his debut novel and his upcoming memoir.
  • What President Obama said to him when honoring him with The National Medal of Technology and Innovation.
  • The thoughts that went through his mind as he found himself at the entrance to the East Wing of The White House.

For more on Norman and his book, go to:

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