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16 Inventors to Take Their Place in History for Contributions to our Everyday Lives
National Inventors Hall of Fame Announces 30th Class of Inductees at HP
Palo Alto, Calif., May 16, 2002
A new class of inventors will soon take its place of distinction in history beside the 168 inventors currently honored in the National Inventors Hall of Fame, it was announced today at a ceremony at the headquarters of HP (NYSE:HPQ), the leading corporate sponsor of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The inductees' achievements, which span the fields of medicine, technology, the environment and automotive safety, have had a significant impact on the way people live.
The inventors honored today are:
The National Inventors Hall of Fame each year celebrates invention by honoring the men and women who have changed the way we live through their patented technologies that save lives and make human, social and economic progress possible.
"This year's class of inductees comprises some of the brightest minds of our time," said Donald Keck, president, National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation. "The imaginative and innovative contributions of the 16 inventors before us have helped shape the lifestyles we live today."
HP's sponsorship of the National Inventors Hall of Fame is part of the company's Invent sponsorship program, which encourages technological invention for future generations by supporting creative and pioneering organizations around the world.
"To recognize the contributions of these individuals is not only an honor in and of itself," said Richard DeMillo, vice president of Technology Strategy for HP. "It is an opportunity to reflect on the true power of acting on a single idea."
The achievements of this year's inductees include1:
Kurzweil Reading Machine -Raymond Kurzweil
3-Point Safety Belt -Nils Bohlin
Excimer Laser Surgery -Rangaswamy Srinivasan, James Wynne, Samuel Blum
Implantable Defibrillator - M. Stephen Heilman, Alois Langer, Morton Mower, Michel Mirowski
Ceramic Substrate For Catalytic Converters - Rodney Bagley, Irwin Lachman, Ronald Lewis
Aspirin -Felix Hoffmann (1868-1946)
ENIAC Data Translating Device - John Presper Eckert, Jr. (1919-1995)
and John Mauchly (1907-1980)
Bessemer Steel Process -Henry Bessemer (1813-1898)
Each September, a new group of inventors is inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Inventors may be nominated by anyone, but inductees must hold a U. S. patent to be considered. The nominee's invention must have contributed to the welfare of mankind and have promoted the progress of science and the useful arts. This year's induction ceremony will be held on September 21, 2002 in Akron, Ohio.
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About the National Inventors Hall of Fame
The not-for-profit National Inventors Hall of FameŽ is the premier organization in America dedicated to honoring and fostering creativity and invention. Each year a new class of inventors is inducted into the National Hall of Fame in recognition of their patented inventions that make human, social and economic progress possible. Founded in 1973 by the U.S. Patent & Trademark
Office and the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations, the Hall's permanent home is Akron, Ohio, and serves as both a museum and an educational programming resource. For more information or to nominate an inventor, go to www.invent.org.
1 To download press releases on each invention to be honored this year, as well as images of the inventors, please go to www.invent.org.