The National Inventors Hall of Fame was established in 1973 to honor the individuals who conceived, patented, and advanced the great technological achievements since the birth of our nation. The Hall of Fame is located in Alexandria, Virginia on the campus of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a founding partner of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
A supporting organization of Invent Now, Inc., the National Inventors Hall of Fame maintains an annual tradition of selecting Inductees through a process that accepts nominations from all sources and relies on a panel of experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and patents to screen, vet, and make final selections.
The criteria for Induction into the Hall of Fame requires candidates to hold a United States Patent that has contributed significantly to the nation's welfare and the advancement of science and useful arts.
Browse our database of inventors and inventions, and find information about the induction process.
In addition, the National Inventors Hall of Fame may choose to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to invention and the American system of intellectual property protection. View past recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award.