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Residence  San Clemente
Children  4
Other names  Jack Cover
Name  Jack Cover

Known for  Taser inventor
Role  Inventor
Spouse(s)  Ginny
Education  University of Chicago
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Full Name  John Higson Cover
Born  April 6, 1920 (1920-04-06) New York City
Died  February 7, 2009, Mission Viejo, California, United States

John "Jack" Higson Cover Jr. (April 6, 1920 – February 7, 2009) was the inventor of the Taser stun gun.


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Cover was born in New York City on April 6, 1920, and grew up in Chicago. His father was a professor of economics. His mother earned a mathematics master's degree at the University of Chicago (U of C). Cover earned a bachelor's degree and a doctorate in nuclear physics at U of C, studying under Enrico Fermi. During World War II, he was an Army Air Force test pilot. He later worked at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. He was a scientist at North American Aviation from 1952 until 1964 and also worked for NASA (Apollo program), IBM and Hughes Aircraft.

In 1970, he formed Taser Systems, Inc., named for a Tom Swift novel about the Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle. Because the Taser used gunpowder to launch the darts, the federal government considered it a firearm, a classification that ruled out a civilian market and also discouraged police and military sales.

Private life

Cover was married three times, the first two ended in divorce. His last marriage was to Ginny. He had four children, a son and three daughters. He had Alzheimer's disease, and died of pneumonia on February 7, 2009 at the Golden West Retirement Home in Mission Viejo, California.


  • U.S. Patent 3,803,463 July 10, 1972; Weapon for Immobilization and Capture
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