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.
For more information, you can see: www.invent.org