As a (Dutch) urologist I use an operative instrument ´the Otis Urethrotome´on a routine basis. It was invented by Fessenden Nott Otis (wikipedia: Fessenden Nott Otis (6 March 1825 – c. 1900) was a pioneer in the medical field of urology. He studied art in New York and was a teacher of drawing and perspective before entering medical school. Upon graduating in 1852, he served as ships surgeon for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company from 1853-59.). Many elevators in the Netherlands are from the Otis company, coming from Elisha Graves Otis (wikipedia: Elisha Graves Otis (August 3, 1811 – April 8, 1861) invented a safety device that prevented elevators from falling if the hoisting cable broke. He worked on this device while living in Yonkers, New York in 1852, and had a finished product in 1854 (...)).
Does anyone know wether these two are (far) relatives in any way? If so: could someone please mail me the piece of family tree showing the relationship?
Hopefully someone in this forum can help me! Kind regards,
M.R. van Balken, MD, PhD, urologist Dept of urology Rijnstate Hospital Arnhem The Netherlands