What do Stevie Wonder, Walter Cronkite, Dick Cheney, and
a Volvo have in common? Each has been impacted by the
work of the legends who will be inducted this year into the National
Inventors Hall of Fame.
wonder if there really is a miracle drug? Or why cars use unleaded
gas? Who comes up with those medical advancements and safety technologies
that save thousands of lives? The answers to these questions
are found in this year's class of inventors to be honored.
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 held
at Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, Calif., the Hall's leading corporate
sponsor. The inductees' achievements, which span the fields of
medicine, technology, the environment and automotive safety, have
advanced the way we live.
its 200 years of existence, the United States Patent & Trademark Office has
issued over six million patents. Yet only
a few patent holders are singled out for the way they have shaped
our past, enhanced our lives and affect our future. 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.
Release | National
Inventors Hall of Fame Fact Sheet
||National Inventors Hall of Fame Announcement of 2002 Inductees |
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Welcome by Richard A. DeMillo, Vice president and Chief
Technology Officer at Hewlett-Packard
||Message from James E. Rogan, Director, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
||Introduction by Donald Keck, President, National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation