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The National Inventors Hall of Fame

By Sean Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

There are so many creative inventors that have made their mark on history. Have you ever wanted to explore a place that walks you through some of these amazing inventions, and celebrates the people behind them? The National Inventors Hall of Fame is just the place.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing, and honoring inventions and creativity. The Hall of Fame honors the people responsible for the great technological advances that make human, social, and economic progress possible. By honoring these individuals and displaying their ideas, the Hall of Fame inspires future generations of innovators to reach for the stars.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations founded the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Alexandria, Virginia in 1973. From 1995 to 2009, the hall was based in Akron, Ohio and then moved to Virginia in 2009. It has satellite offices in the Washington D.C. area and in Los Angeles, California.

Each year, a new class of inventors is recognized. There are now 421 honorees. Inventors must hold a U.S. patent to be considered, and the invention must have contributed to the welfare of mankind, and have promoted the progress of science and the practical arts. A National Selection Committee along with a Blue Ribbon Panel of experts selects the inductees.

The Museum’s first exhibit, The Art of Invention, shows works of art that have come from inventions, patents, and trademarks. On exhibit are patent models, patent drawings, design patents, and graphic art illustrated through trademarks – all of which were created with a purpose other than the deliberate creation of art.

The Hall includes the Inventive Links exhibit, which illustrates the unexpected way in which modern technology is interlinked. The exhibit wall has six sections starting with a question, and following the connections. Visitors are able to see the innovations of a variety of inventors and how their paths were linked. The links shown of seemingly unrelated inventions show the path to many major technological achievements.

The museum also features an interactive kiosk with biographical profiles and information on all the inductees. The atrium has an exhibit honoring this year’s inductees.

In addition, the National Inventors Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award annually honors individuals who have made significant contributions to invention and the American system of intellectual property protection.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame inventors and inventions include:

Adler , Robert – Television Remote Control

Armstrong , Edwin Howard – Radio

Baldwin , Matthias – Steam Locomotive

Bell , Alexander Graham – Telephone / Telegraphy

Birdseye , Clarence – Frozen Foods

Biro , Laszlo Josef – Ballpoint Pen

Bradley , Milton – Game board

Carver , George Washington – Peanut Products

Cochran , Josephine – Dishwasher

Coover , Harry – Superglue

Drew , Richard Gurley – Adhesive Tape

Eastman , George – Photography

Ford , Henry – Automobile

Gillette , King Camp – Safety Razor

Hall , Charles Martin – Aluminum

Howe , Elias – Sewing Machine

Hunt , Walter – Safety pin

Kellogg , John – Breakfast cereal

Kolff , Willem J. – Artificial Heart

Morse , Samuel F. B. – Telegraph

Paul , Les – Solid-Body Electric Guitar

Sikorsky , Igor I. – Helicopter

Sundback , Gideon – Modern zipper

Whittle , Frank – Jet Engine

Wozniak , Steve – Personal Computer

For an interesting view of history and the inventors that changed the world, plan a visit to the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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