National Inventors Hall of Fame

National Inventors Hall of Fame Honoring the spirit of innovation and promoting inventors as role models since 1973.

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 th

e hands of coming generations. The National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) redefines what a Hall of Fame can be and do. Our 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.

In 1973, gas was 39 cents per gallon, Elton John’s smash single "Crocodile Rock" topped the charts and Thomas Edison was...
12/06/2023

In 1973, gas was 39 cents per gallon, Elton John’s smash single "Crocodile Rock" topped the charts and Thomas Edison was our first Inductee. In 50 years, we've come a long way and impacted millions of children, educators, college students and inventors. Consider what can be achieved in the next 50 years!

Walt Disney was a visionary in the world of entertainment and his legacy is not just in the characters and worlds he bro...
12/04/2023

Walt Disney was a visionary in the world of entertainment and his legacy is not just in the characters and worlds he brought to life, but also in his groundbreaking technologies. Learn about Disney, the inventor, in honor of !

Celebrate International Animation Day with us by honoring Hall of Famer Walt Disney and his innovations in animation, such as the multiplane camera.

This fall, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued its 1 millionth design patent! These patents protect ico...
12/02/2023

This fall, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued its 1 millionth design patent! These patents protect iconic and unique designs, which can help entrepreneurs find funding and grow their businesses.

We can enjoy the festive glow of holiday lights, among countless other applications of LED technology, thanks to Inducte...
12/01/2023

We can enjoy the festive glow of holiday lights, among countless other applications of LED technology, thanks to Inductee Shuji Nakamura's revolutionary work. His invention has transformed the way we light up our holidays, homes and lives.

These days the iconic Mason jar is used for so much more than food preservation − such as drinkware, home decor and even...
11/30/2023

These days the iconic Mason jar is used for so much more than food preservation − such as drinkware, home decor and even gifts! Discover how in 1858, NIHF Inductee John Mason invented and patented the first glass jar with a screw-on lid.

NIHF Inductee John Mason, who invented the mason jar, created the first glass jar with a screw-on cap because he was trying to keep food from spoiling.

Discover 3 easy-to-implement strategies you can use to introduce invention education – an open-ended approach to learnin...
11/29/2023

Discover 3 easy-to-implement strategies you can use to introduce invention education – an open-ended approach to learning – in your district.

Learn about a few strategies you can use to introduce invention education – an open-ended approach to learning – in your district.

Look what donors made possible in 2023: • 16 legendary inventors inducted into the Hall of Fame• 22 collegiate inventors...
11/27/2023

Look what donors made possible in 2023:

• 16 legendary inventors inducted into the Hall of Fame
• 22 collegiate inventors competed for cash to fuel their progress
• 360,000+ kids built new friendships, epic inventions and powerful mindsets

Give now to make 2024 the most innovative year yet! https://bit.ly/40RqBUc

Give a gift that will make a lasting impact this  ! By supporting the National Inventors Hall of Fame® you will encourag...
11/26/2023

Give a gift that will make a lasting impact this ! By supporting the National Inventors Hall of Fame® you will encourage children through equitable access to invention education experiences, inspire emerging innovators and help us tell the stories of world-changing inventors. Learn more about the impact you can make!

Learn about the impact of your donation when you choose to support the National Inventors Hall of Fame® this Giving Tuesday.

Meet the recent 2023 Collegiate Inventors Competition® Undergraduate winners and the Arrow Electronics People’s Choice w...
11/25/2023

Meet the recent 2023 Collegiate Inventors Competition® Undergraduate winners and the Arrow Electronics People’s Choice winner on our blog!

Meet the Undergraduate Finalists who won at this year’s Collegiate Inventors Competition®: FADpad, Bronchosleeve and NucleoTide!

Today we would like to express how grateful we are to the inventors who have impacted our world, educators who inspire f...
11/23/2023

Today we would like to express how grateful we are to the inventors who have impacted our world, educators who inspire future innovators, students who dream big and families who support them. We wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Have you ever wondered how huge parade balloons stay afloat? Discover the physics behind the colorful character displays...
11/22/2023

Have you ever wondered how huge parade balloons stay afloat?

Discover the physics behind the colorful character displays as the streets of New York City fill with an astonishing array of enormous, floating balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Help your child learn about physics in everyday life by talking with them about the science of parade balloons during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Learn about the 2023 Graduate Finalists who won this year’s Collegiate Inventors Competition®: Cerebral Aneurysm Test (C...
11/21/2023

Learn about the 2023 Graduate Finalists who won this year’s Collegiate Inventors Competition®: Cerebral Aneurysm Test (CAT-7) and Entropic Biosciences, Inc.!

Meet the Graduate Finalists who won at this year’s Collegiate Inventors Competition®: Cerebral Aneurysm Test (CAT-7) and Entropic Biosciences, Inc.!

On this day, 100 years ago, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent for the three-way traffic sign...
11/20/2023

On this day, 100 years ago, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent for the three-way traffic signal. Since then, traffic signals have brought essential safety to our travels. In honor of this historic patent, take a look at the inventor, Garrett Morgan, and his desire to enhance the lives of others. https://bit.ly/3iVfFyD

Discover how National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Garrett Morgan not only broke barriers but also developed inventions that still benefit people today.

World-changing creators and innovators recently gathered in Washington, D.C., to take part in our 2023 Induction Ceremon...
11/17/2023

World-changing creators and innovators recently gathered in Washington, D.C., to take part in our 2023 Induction Ceremony — a milestone event marking the Hall of Fame’s 50th year of inspiration, innovation and impact. Take a look at our recap of this unforgettable event!

At our recent Induction Ceremony, we honored the 16 visionary inventors who make up the 2023 Class of Inductees and celebrated 50 years of innovation.

Many of our favorite holiday recipes, including pumpkin pie and green bean casserole, are frequently prepared using a we...
11/16/2023

Many of our favorite holiday recipes, including pumpkin pie and green bean casserole, are frequently prepared using a well-known invention: Pyrex Home brand cookware. Discover the history of how this holiday cooking staple came to be.

Discover the story of the inventor behind the Pyrex® brand cookware used so often for holiday baking: Eugene Sullivan!

Discover the wonders of human creativity, ingenuity and the remarkable inventions that have shaped our world at the Nati...
11/15/2023

Discover the wonders of human creativity, ingenuity and the remarkable inventions that have shaped our world at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum. Plan your visit today! https://bit.ly/3yW9ILX

In 1959, Inductee Nils Bohlin revolutionized automotive safety by creating the three-point seat belt - a simple yet grou...
11/14/2023

In 1959, Inductee Nils Bohlin revolutionized automotive safety by creating the three-point seat belt - a simple yet groundbreaking design that has become a standard feature in vehicles worldwide. Learn more about this visionary engineer whose invention has saved countless lives. https://bit.ly/46cX7B4 🚗

11/13/2023

From life-saving medical breakthroughs to game-changing technologies, we are dedicated to celebrating the brilliant minds that have shaped our world. 💡
Discover more about our mission and how together, we can honor today’s inventors and inspire the next generation of innovators!

Inductee Rory Cooper’s wheelchair innovations have advanced the health, mobility and social inclusion of people with dis...
11/11/2023

Inductee Rory Cooper’s wheelchair innovations have advanced the health, mobility and social inclusion of people with disabilities and older adults. His research has been informed by his own experiences as a disabled U.S. Army veteran. Today, he serves as the director of Human Engineering Research Laboratories, a collaborative institute of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and University of Pittsburgh. We honor Cooper and all the other veterans who have proudly served our nation on this . https://bit.ly/40eJsb5

On  , we celebrate the remarkable impact of NIHF Inductee Maurice Hilleman, whose work in immunology has safeguarded cou...
11/10/2023

On , we celebrate the remarkable impact of NIHF Inductee Maurice Hilleman, whose work in immunology has safeguarded countless lives. Discover more about this visionary innovator and his life-saving contributions. https://bit.ly/3A3Wmdu

Tomorrow, tune in to the Today Show for a special Veterans Day segment featuring 2023 NIHF Inductee Rory Cooper! His con...
11/09/2023

Tomorrow, tune in to the Today Show for a special Veterans Day segment featuring 2023 NIHF Inductee Rory Cooper! His contributions to the field of assistive technology and enhancing the lives of veterans and individuals with disabilities is awe-inspiring. Don’t miss it!

Why is it important to introduce kids to STEM/STEAM?✅ Fosters Curiosity: STEM/STEAM sparks curiosity and encourages kids...
11/08/2023

Why is it important to introduce kids to STEM/STEAM?
✅ Fosters Curiosity: STEM/STEAM sparks curiosity and encourages kids to ask "Why?"
✅ Develops Problem-Solving Skills: It equips them with critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
✅ Inspires Innovation: It's the foundation for future inventors, innovators and changemakers.
✅ Creates Real-World Impact: STEM/STEAM empowers kids to create solutions for real-world challenges.

Check out our FREE resources to learn more about the benefits of STEM education and discover fun activities you can use in your classroom. https://www.invent.org/stem-educator-resources

11/06/2023

Ignite the spark of innovation and inspire the next generation of innovators and change-makers in your school district! Discover how NIHF education programs make it easy to incorporate invention education in your classrooms! https://www.invent.org/educators

By discovering how to recreate the substance found in nature's bioluminescent  , 2023 Inductee Roger Tsien enabled scien...
11/03/2023

By discovering how to recreate the substance found in nature's bioluminescent , 2023 Inductee Roger Tsien enabled scientists to investigate the inner workings of cells with amazing clarity. Learn more about this remarkable innovator! https://www.invent.org/inductees/roger-tsien

Last week, 16 new world-changing inventors were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame®! Help us continue to ...
11/02/2023

Last week, 16 new world-changing inventors were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame®! Help us continue to honor revolutionary inventors. Visit our website to nominate a patented inventor who should be recognized in the Hall of Fame.

Nominate a world-changing inventor for Induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame®!

From increased GPA and standardized test scores to boosting attendance, NIHF education programs provide academic advanta...
11/01/2023

From increased GPA and standardized test scores to boosting attendance, NIHF education programs provide academic advantages. Discover the proven benefits!

Learn how students who attended a recent National Inventors Hall of Fame® summer program gained improved math skills, reading skills and even attendance.

10/27/2023
We recognized and celebrated 16 inspiring innovators for their significant contributions to improving the world around u...
10/27/2023

We recognized and celebrated 16 inspiring innovators for their significant contributions to improving the world around us at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® annual Induction Ceremony. Check out some of the most unforgettable moments from the event!

It's truly inspiring to see the impact of our mission standing on stage tonight. From our visionary inventors who serve ...
10/27/2023

It's truly inspiring to see the impact of our mission standing on stage tonight.

From our visionary inventors who serve as a source of inspiration for our invention education programs; to our dedicated Program Team Members who share the stories of these inventors with the next generation; to the next generation of collegiate inventors; to our invaluable Leadership Interns who not only mentor young minds but also immerse themselves in sharing the incredible narratives of our inventors; to our young Camp Invention® campers whom we empower to believe in their ideas because one day they will change the world.

Together, they exemplify the essence of curiosity, creativity and the boundless opportunities that emerge when we embrace our inventive potential.

Yesterday we named the 2023 Collegiate Inventors Competition® winners, recognized 16 new Inductees as their names were a...
10/26/2023

Yesterday we named the 2023 Collegiate Inventors Competition® winners, recognized 16 new Inductees as their names were added to the Gallery of Icons™ at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum, and celebrated our 50th anniversary with food, fireworks and good times! Check out all the fun that was had!

Help us congratulate the winners of the 2023 Collegiate Inventors Competition®!   Undergraduate Winner:FADpad, College o...
10/25/2023

Help us congratulate the winners of the 2023 Collegiate Inventors Competition®!

Undergraduate Winner:
FADpad, College of Engineering at Georgia Tech

Undergraduate Runner-up:
Bronchosleeve, Johns Hopkins University

Graduate Winner:
Cerebral Aneurysm Test (CAT-7), Pitt School of Medicine

Graduate Runner-up:
Entropic Biosciences Inc., UCLA

Arrow Electronics People’s Choice Award Winner:
NucleoTide, Duke University

The work of 2023 Inductee Rory Cooper has not only changed the lives of countless individuals, but also the world of ass...
10/23/2023

The work of 2023 Inductee Rory Cooper has not only changed the lives of countless individuals, but also the world of assistive technology. This week we will welcome him to the National Inventors Hall of Fame® as one of our newest Inductees. Check out this article to learn more about his outstanding contributions to innovation and accessibility!

Army veteran Rory Cooper is being inducted to the National Inventors Hall of Fame later this month for wheelchair technology.

10/23/2023

We have an exciting week ahead as we prepare to celebrate our 50th anniversary, the newest class of Inductees at our Induction Ceremony and an amazing group of collegiate inventors at the 2023 Collegiate Inventors Competition®. Stay tuned to our social channels to get an inside look at all the festivities!

Thank you to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its crucial role in preserving innovation as we prepare t...
10/22/2023

Thank you to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its crucial role in preserving innovation as we prepare to honor the inventors of our Class of 2023 at our annual Induction Ceremony. Together, we continue to celebrate the power of human ingenuity and inspire the upcoming generation of innovators and inventors.

We are thrilled to announce that humorist, journalist and actor Mo Rocca will be back on the stage at The Anthem as co-h...
10/21/2023

We are thrilled to announce that humorist, journalist and actor Mo Rocca will be back on the stage at The Anthem as co-host for our Induction Ceremony next week! He is sure to make this a night to remember.

Our Induction Ceremony is one week away! We are grateful for the support of our sponsors like Qualcomm that allow us to ...
10/20/2023

Our Induction Ceremony is one week away! We are grateful for the support of our sponsors like Qualcomm that allow us to honor our newest class of Inductees and their world-changing contributions.

10/18/2023

📢 Spread the word, there is only 1 week left to cast your vote for the Arrow Electronics People’s Choice Award! 🏆

Learn about each of our Finalists and vote now to make sure your favorite invention takes home the honor!
Voting closes 10/24 at 3 p.m. EST. https://bit.ly/3PO8wm2

We are excited to welcome back Danica McKellar as co-host of our annual Induction Ceremony on Oct. 26!Danica is an iconi...
10/17/2023

We are excited to welcome back Danica McKellar as co-host of our annual Induction Ceremony on Oct. 26!

Danica is an iconic actress, mathematician and New York Times bestselling author. We are honored to have her as part of the Greatest Celebration of American Innovation®!
https://mckellarmath.com/

From food preservation to life-saving pharmaceuticals, chemistry is all around us. Learn about 4 members of our Hall of ...
10/16/2023

From food preservation to life-saving pharmaceuticals, chemistry is all around us. Learn about 4 members of our Hall of Fame who have contributed to improving our quality of life and safety in the field of chemistry.

Discover a few inspiring National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees whose groundbreaking work in chemistry has changed the world.

We look forward to honoring innovation and creativity alongside our friends from the Bobcat Company during the 2023 Nati...
10/16/2023

We look forward to honoring innovation and creativity alongside our friends from the Bobcat Company during the 2023 National Inventors Hall of Fame® Induction Ceremony next Thursday at The Anthem.

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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 Since 1973, the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) has honored the world’s greatest innovators. To ensure American ingenuity continues to thrive in coming generations, we have developed an Innovation Ecosystem — an entire network of education programs for preschool through professional development. Our programs instill an innovation mindset, promote intellectual property literacy and encourage a lifetime of curiosity, creativity and STEM learning.


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