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National Inventors Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations of Hispanic and Latino Inventors for Class of 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Sept. 15, 2018 — The National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Class of Inductees.

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, NIHF is seeking nominations for inventors of Hispanic or Latino heritage to help celebrate and honor the history, culture and contributions of those individuals. NIHF welcomes both living and historical candidates for Induction.

Anyone can submit a nomination at

Every inventor inducted into the Hall of Fame must possess “The 4Ps”:

  • Patent: Luis Walter Alvarez received U.S. Patent No. 2,480, 208 for Ground Controlled Approach radar technology.
  • Progress: Julio Palmaz invented the first commercially successful intravascular stent, progressing and ultimately revolutionizing cardiac care in the United States and in his home country of Argentina.
  • Perseverance: Alejandro Zaffaroni was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and boarded a U.S. military ship bound for New York to study at the University of Rochester. This perseverance continued throughout his career, and he became a leader in biotechnology.
  • Passion: Miguel Ondretti said in an interview with the Lasker Foundation, “I felt that I had found my niche in which I could work in collaboration, not only with chemists but with biologists. That was very important to me.” His passion for working in the United States fueled his invention — the first synthesized ACE inhibitor, captopril.  

Nominating an inventor does much more than induct them into a Hall of Fame — it begins a legacy for that Inductee. Once they have been inducted, their innovation journey continues through visits to NIHF’s education programs and other activities.



The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) is the premier nonprofit organization in America dedicated to recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Founded in 1973 in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, NIHF is committed to not only honoring the individuals whose inventions have made the world a better place, but to ensuring American ingenuity continues to thrive in the hands of coming generations through its national, hands-on educational programming and collegiate competitions focused on the exploration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate. For more information, visit

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