National Inventors Hall of Fame

National Inventors Hall of Fame Driving force behind lifelong innovation, paying forward America’s rich history of invention & securing our country’s competitive advantage for the future!

The National Inventors Hall of Fame Headquarters 3701 Highland Park NW North Canton, OH 44720 (800) 968-4332 The National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum 600 Dulany Street Alexandria, VA 22314 (571) 272-0095 We believe our role as a Hall of Fame is to not only honor the individuals whose inventions have made the world a better place, but also to ensure American ingenuity continues to thrive in the hands of coming generations. The National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) redefines what a Hall of Fame can be and do. Our #NIHF Museum is the National Monument to Innovation™, honoring world-changing inventors. Our work reaches beyond the museum by providing NIHF Inductee-influenced education programs designed to inspire the next generation of innovators.

Mission: Recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.

When you visit the Gallery of Icons™ at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum, you can discover world-changing inn...
06/09/2020
American History and the Gallery of Icons in the NIHF Museum

When you visit the Gallery of Icons™ at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum, you can discover world-changing innovators from different periods of American history.

You might find an innovative role model among the agricultural innovations of 1791-1911, or an invention icon among the medical technologies of 1961-76!

The National Inventors Hall of Fame shares how the Gallery of Icons tells the story of American innovation and ingenuity.

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06/08/2020
Check out this Egg-Marine Challenge activity you can do at home!

Check out our blog for fun activities that you can do at home with your children – like this egg marine challenge!

Check out this at-home or in-classroom STEM activity, Egg-Marine Challenge from the National Inventors Hall of Fame® and Camp Invention.

Calling Undergraduate and Graduate innovators! We hope you’ll join us at this year’s Collegiate Inventors Competition® t...
06/07/2020
Collegiate Inventors Competition | National Inventors Hall of Fame®

Calling Undergraduate and Graduate innovators! We hope you’ll join us at this year’s Collegiate Inventors Competition® to celebrate three decades of inspiration and look forward to the future of innovation.

There’s only one more day until the application deadline. Visit our website to apply today! #CIC2020

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® holds a competition for the most creative college student inventors to showcase their world-class inventions.

06/05/2020
Experience the Collegiate Inventors Competition

The deadline to enter the 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition® is almost here!

Finalists will have the opportunity to compete for prizes and network with the nation’s other top Undergraduate and Graduate innovators. Visit our website to enter your invention in the competition by 6/8! #CIC2020
https://2020cic.skild.com/

Finalists from the Collegiate Inventors Competition® keep innovating after the competition ends! Lia Winter, a 2019 Fina...
06/04/2020
The Power of Prototyping

Finalists from the Collegiate Inventors Competition® keep innovating after the competition ends! Lia Winter, a 2019 Finalist, has continued to improve the design of her EasyWhip™ Surgical Needle and has filed patent applications for it. #CICWhatsNext

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® shares the story of former Collegiate Inventors Competition participant Lia Winter and her importance of prototyping.

For three decades, the Collegiate Inventors Competition® has supported innovation among Undergraduate and Graduate inven...
06/01/2020
The Collegiate Inventors Competition: 3 Decades of Inspiration

For three decades, the Collegiate Inventors Competition® has supported innovation among Undergraduate and Graduate inventors. This year, we’re looking back at the incredible achievements of competition Finalists and looking forward to the future of collegiate innovation!

The deadline to enter this year’s competition is 6/8, so interested inventors should apply soon! #CICRewind #CICFastForward

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® celebrates 30 years of the Collegiate Inventors Competition by looking back at the history and impact of the event.

When you’re driving somewhere, you might listen to music or news stories on the radio to pass the time. Check out our re...
05/31/2020
Edwin Howard Armstrong and William Lear: Pioneers in Radio History

When you’re driving somewhere, you might listen to music or news stories on the radio to pass the time. Check out our recent blog post to learn about two of the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees who helped make that possible!

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® honors Inductees Edwin Howard Armstrong and William Lear, who created the FM Radio and Car Radio.

National Inventors Hall of Fame clues were recently featured on an episode of #Jeopardy!Can you guess what playthings Ha...
05/30/2020

National Inventors Hall of Fame clues were recently featured on an episode of #Jeopardy!

Can you guess what playthings Hall of Famer Joshua Lionel Cowen developed? Here’s a hint: He branded them with his own middle name.
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At the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum, you can step back in time to the 1970s with “That 70s Room.” In this uniq...
05/26/2020
Visit the NIHF Museum’s New Interactive Exhibit, That 70s Room

At the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum, you can step back in time to the 1970s with “That 70s Room.” In this unique exhibit, you can also interact with one of #NIHF Inductee Bill Warner’s earliest inventions – the whistle system!

Visit our blog to start planning your next museum trip!

At the NIHF Museum, not only can you learn more about NIHF Inductee Bill Warner, but you can also step back in time to interact with one of Warner’s earlier inventions in a new interactive exhibit.

Over the years, many groundbreaking inventors have been Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame®. Check out ou...
05/23/2020
National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees List

Over the years, many groundbreaking inventors have been Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame®. Check out our website to learn more about these inspiring innovators.

An alphabetical listing with inventions and biography link of every National Inventors Hall of Famer.

We were so excited to be on #Jeopardy recently and want to see if you can guess the answer to our clues!National Invento...
05/22/2020

We were so excited to be on #Jeopardy recently and want to see if you can guess the answer to our clues!

National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Mary Engle Pennington’s invention affected generations of Americans, but what was it?

Walt Disney is undoubtedly one of the most well-known names in animation, but did you know that he was also an inventor?...
05/21/2020
Walt Disney: Animation Pioneer

Walt Disney is undoubtedly one of the most well-known names in animation, but did you know that he was also an inventor?

He was Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame® in 2000 for his invention of the multiplane camera, which conveyed the illusion of depth and was used in the production of the animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® celebrates International Animation Day by honoring NIHF Inductee Walt Disney and his contributions to the field of animation.

Many Finalists from the Collegiate Inventors Competition® have used their experiences at the competition to springboard ...
05/19/2020
The Collegiate Inventors Competition: 3 Decades of Inspiration

Many Finalists from the Collegiate Inventors Competition® have used their experiences at the competition to springboard into careers.

For instance, one 1995 Finalist, Steve Katsaros, gained the confidence and professional insights he needed to start his own company from his participation in the competition. Today, he is the CEO of Nokero! #CICRewind

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® celebrates 30 years of the Collegiate Inventors Competition by looking back at the history and impact of the event.

Did you know that you could take your next trip to the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum right now? Celebrate Inte...
05/18/2020
National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum , Alexandria, United States - Google Arts & Culture

Did you know that you could take your next trip to the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum right now? Celebrate International Museum Day by going on a virtual field trip to the museum and experiencing some of our most popular exhibits!

We are the National Inventors Hall of Fame: the driving force behind lifelong innovation, paying forward America’s rich history of invention and securing o...

Happy World Telecommunications Day!Today, fiber optics play a key role in how we transmit information across countries a...
05/17/2020
National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee Donald Keck Invented Optic Fibers

Happy World Telecommunications Day!

Today, fiber optics play a key role in how we transmit information across countries and the globe, but that was not always the case. The fiber-optic revolution began with the invention of optical fiber by #NIHF Inductees Donald Keck, Robert Maurer and Peter Schultz.

NIHF Inductee Donald Keck worked with Robert Maurer and Peter Schultz at Corning Laboratories to create the first successful optic fibers in 1970.

Environmental engineer and National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee Jacqueline Quinn’s co-invention of EZVI technology w...
05/14/2020
From the ground up

Environmental engineer and National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee Jacqueline Quinn’s co-invention of EZVI technology was a game changer for removing contaminants from groundwater.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently interviewed this pioneering innovator!

As the child of two science educators, Jackie Quinn developed a love for science at an early age. Now an environmental engineer at NASA, Quinn has combined her innate appreciation of the environment with an innovative spirit to help create an emulsion system that removes contaminants from our groun...

As an inventor, protecting your intellectual property is one of the most important things you can do. Visit our blog to ...
05/13/2020
Guide to Intellectual Property: Identifying the Right IP Resources

As an inventor, protecting your intellectual property is one of the most important things you can do. Visit our blog to learn how to find helpful intellectual property resources and avoid some of the common schemes that prey on new inventors.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® gives advice on how to protect your intellectual property.

Innovation has played a major role in American history, both on the home front as well as on the front lines of conflict...
05/11/2020
Explore Wartime Innovation in the NIHF Museum’s History Room

Innovation has played a major role in American history, both on the home front as well as on the front lines of conflict. Explore this rich history with a virtual tour of the History Room at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum!

In the History Room at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) Museum, you’ll see that for more than 200 years, American ingenuity has preserved and advanced our society in times of war, and on the front lines as well as the home front.

05/08/2020
The Marshall Jones Story

Many innovators have had teachers who played a pivotal role in their career paths. One such inventor is #NIHF Inductee Marshall Jones, whose work in industrial lasers revolutionized the method of making lead wires for use in light bulbs.

Did you know that the first National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee was Thomas Edison, Inducted in 1973?He earned paten...
05/07/2020
National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee Thomas Edison and the Light Bulb

Did you know that the first National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee was Thomas Edison, Inducted in 1973?

He earned patents for over a thousand inventions, including the incandescent electric lamp, the motion picture projector and much more!

NIHF Inductee Thomas Edison earned patents for many inventions - the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, the carbon transmitter and the motion picture projector.

This month, take a moment to celebrate some of the innovative National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees who have improv...
05/06/2020
Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

This month, take a moment to celebrate some of the innovative National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees who have improved the lives of people across the globe.

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) encourages the public to nominate an inventor of Asian American or Pacific Islander heritage for consideration for our 2021 Class of Inductees.

From the moment Collegiate Inventors Competition® Finalists are chosen, they receive coverage from National Inventors Ha...
05/05/2020
Entering the 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition

From the moment Collegiate Inventors Competition® Finalists are chosen, they receive coverage from National Inventors Hall of Fame social media, news stories and more. It’s a great way to gain exposure for your innovation!

Enter the competition today to join us in this year’s celebration of three decades of inspiration. #CIC2020

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® hosts the annual Collegiate Inventors Competition in Washington D.C. where the best college inventors compete for the top invention.

Visit our blog for today’s message from the National Inventors Hall of Fame® CEO about how Camp Invention® is working wi...
05/04/2020
Camp Invention is Adapting to Fit Your Needs

Visit our blog for today’s message from the National Inventors Hall of Fame® CEO about how Camp Invention® is working with educators across the country to adapt to these uncertain times.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® is adapting to keep local STEM summer camps running.

Are you getting ready to patent your invention or trademark your product? The library staff at United States Patent and ...
05/03/2020
Patent and Trademark Resource Centers

Are you getting ready to patent your invention or trademark your product? The library staff at United States Patent and Trademark Office Patent and Trademark Resource Centers are a great resource to help you find the information you need to get started!

Use the link below to find a resource center near you.

A nationwide network of public, state, and academic libraries

You don’t need to travel far to go on vacation!Visit historic Alexandria, Va. from the comfort of your home, go on virtu...
05/02/2020
ALX at Home

You don’t need to travel far to go on vacation!

Visit historic Alexandria, Va. from the comfort of your home, go on virtual tours of fantastic attractions and get fun activity ideas from the National Inventors Hall of Fame

Support Alexandria's small businesses from the comfort of your own home with curbside restaurant pickup, FaceTime shopping, virtual tours and more.

04/27/2020
United States Patent and Trademark Office

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Together with remarks from USPTO Director Andrei Iancu, U.S. inventors showcase their innovations in green technology and discuss the importance of strong intellectual property rights in launching their inventions. Watch the video and read the blog: https://bit.ly/3cQuOwX.

We’re inviting Undergraduate and Graduate innovators to compete in the 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition®! This year...
04/24/2020
Log in to 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition

We’re inviting Undergraduate and Graduate innovators to compete in the 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition®! This year, we’re celebrating three decades of inspiration, and are looking forward to seeing what the future holds.

Finalists will have the opportunity to compete for cash and other prizes and also will be able to network with other top collegiate innovators! #CIC2020

After observing another farmer irrigate his crops by using a tractor to tow a pipe fitted with sprinklers across his fie...
04/23/2020

After observing another farmer irrigate his crops by using a tractor to tow a pipe fitted with sprinklers across his field, Frank Zybach was inspired to design a more effective system. He designed the first center-pivot irrigation system after just one year!
https://bit.ly/FrankZybach

Frank Zybach’s invention of center-pivot irrigation helped revive agricultural communities in the Great Plains! #NIHF202...
04/22/2020
NIHF Inductee Frank Zybach: The Ingenious Farmer

Frank Zybach’s invention of center-pivot irrigation helped revive agricultural communities in the Great Plains! #NIHF2020

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® honors Frank Zybach, who invented center-pivot irrigation and transformed agricultural production worldwide.

United States Patent and Trademark Office
04/22/2020
United States Patent and Trademark Office

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Inventor Jackie Quinn on why it was so important to receive a patent: "We use the patenting process to capture the intellectual property and then to be able to share it with the commercial sector in hopes of having it favorably impact other sectors across the U.S. or the globe."
Quinn is a 2018 National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee, inventor, and environmental engineer at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Read or listen to her inventor story to learn more about her environmental work and the resulting impact: https://bit.ly/JOI_Quinn

#EarthDay #JourneysOfInnovation #WorldIPDay

Welcome Frank Zybach to the National Inventors Hall of Fame® 2020 Inductee class! This resourceful farmer used the metal...
04/20/2020

Welcome Frank Zybach to the National Inventors Hall of Fame® 2020 Inductee class! This resourceful farmer used the metalworking skills he developed by helping his father’s farm and blacksmith shop to craft his center-pivot irrigation system! #NIHF2020
https://bit.ly/FrankZybach

04/18/2020
Experience the Collegiate Inventors Competition

This year, we are celebrating three decades of inspiration at the Collegiate Inventors Competition®. Applications are being accepted now for the 2020 competition!

Finalists will not only be able to network with other top inventors from colleges and universities across the country, they’ll also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in Alexandria, Va. #CIC2020

Apply today: https://2020cic.skild.com/

There’s a new category in town! Tune in to Jeopardy! tonight for a category featuring some of our incredible National In...
04/17/2020

There’s a new category in town! Tune in to Jeopardy! tonight for a category featuring some of our incredible National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees. Check your local listings for stations and show times.

Our incredible National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees are often driven by a desire to help others. For example, Dana ...
04/16/2020

Our incredible National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees are often driven by a desire to help others. For example, Dana Bookbinder, co-inventor of bend-insensitive optical fiber, says, “It's exciting to work on things that matter to people, and the feeling of how much you're helping someone.” #NIHF2020
https://bit.ly/DanaBookbinder

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