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Announcing Our 2019 Class of Inductees

Have you heard our big news? At CES in Las Vegas, the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) took the Engadget Stage to announce our 2019 Class of NIHF Inductees!

Congratulations to our 2019 Inductees

This year’s NIHF Inductees have designed and developed revolutionary inventions and made a significant, lasting impact in technology, engineering, medicine, the military and everyday life.

By inducting these men and women into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, we celebrate their achievements and recognize their legacies as visionary U.S patent holders.

Chieko Asakawa
Home Page Reader

Jeff Kodosky and James Truchard
Virtual Instrumentation — LabVIEW™

Rebecca Richards-Kortum
Medical Devices for Low-Resource Settings

Edmund O. Schweitzer III
Digital Protective Relay

Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson
UNIX Operating System

David Walt
Microwell Arrays

Bill Warner
Digital Nonlinear Editing System

John Baer, Karl H. Beyer Jr., Frederick Novello and James Sprague
Thiazide Diuretics (Chlorothiazide)

S. Duncan Black and Alonzo G. Decker
Portable Hand-Held Electric Drill

Andrew J. Higgins
LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel); Higgins Boat

Joseph Lee
Bread Machines

Joseph Muhler and William Nebergall
Stannous Fluoride Toothpaste

Learn more about NIHF Induction

Our new NIHF Inductees will be officially welcomed at our annual Induction event this May. We invite you to learn more about the 2019 Class and all of our illustrious NIHF Inductees by visiting

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