2019 Induction Ceremony

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2019 Induction Ceremony

The 2019 National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) Induction Ceremony is approaching!

On May 1-2, 2019, the world’s greatest innovators will converge for our event in Washington, D.C. Hosted in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and our sponsors, the Induction Ceremony honors the 19 innovators in this year’s class of Inductees.

2019 Inductee Class Video

Illumination Ceremony

Inductees and their families are invited to the Illumination Ceremony on May 1st, where they will place their personalized, illuminated hexagons into the Gallery of Icons™ exhibit, forever commemorating their inclusion in the Hall of Fame.  This exclusive event is hosted at the NIHF Museum in Alexandria, Virginia.

The patented Gallery of Icons commemorates each of the more than 550 innovators the Hall of Fame has Inducted since 1973. Hung in a tessellating hexagon pattern inspired by honeycombs and organized by patent number, this wall of icons represents the history of American innovation, shaped by our Inductees.

Induction Ceremony

On the evening of May 2nd, our 2019 Inductees and their families will be joined by past Inductees like Steve Sasson, Jim West and Edith Flanigen at the Induction Ceremony.  

This world-class black-tie gala will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and hosted by Danica McKellar — star of the TV show “The Wonder Years,” Hallmark Channel regular, mathematician and author.

At the formal dinner and Award Ceremony, Inductees will be invited on stage to be medaled.

For historical Inductees, awards will be accepted by family members or representatives from the companies they’ve founded or worked for. For example, the awards for S. Duncan Black and Alonzo G. Decker will be accepted by representatives of Stanley Black & Decker. Chieko Asakawa will accept her award presented to her by.

The Greatest Celebration of American Innovation® will close with the Innovation Celebration, where Inductees and their guests are invited to mingle with sponsors, intellectual property leaders and inventors.

Throughout this two-day event, past and present Inductees will come together to celebrate each other’s achievements in advancing society through the power of invention.

Special Thanks

In partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, NIHF would not be able to bring these inventors to light and honor them in this ceremony without the help of our sponsors. Many thanks to all our sponsors and a special thanks to Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, IBM, Qualcomm and Stanley Black & Decker — we thank you for making this event happen.

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