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.

Mission: To recognize inventors and invention, celebrate our country’s rich, innovative history, inspire creativity, and advance the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Austrian-born NIHF Inductee Hedy Lamarr became a famous actress with the release of her first English-speaking film, the...
06/23/2019
Highlighting the Legacy of Hedy Lamarr

Austrian-born NIHF Inductee Hedy Lamarr became a famous actress with the release of her first English-speaking film, the Oscar-nominated “Algiers,” in 1938. But when she wasn’t on set, she was pursuing another passion — invention.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame highlights the success of NIHF Inductee, actress and inventor – Hedy Lamarr.

National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Eric R. Fossum led the team at NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administ...
06/22/2019
Eric Fossum: A Legacy of Innovation

National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Eric R. Fossum led the team at NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory that created a miniaturized camera technology known as the CMOS Active Pixel Sensor Camera-on-a-Chip. Today, most cell phones, computers and cameras use his CMOS technology. Fossum continues to make his mark on future world-changing inventors. Learn about his legacy:

National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) Inductee Eric R. Fossum, inventor of the CMOS Active Pixel Image Sensor Camera-on-a-Chip, revolutionized the way people connect with each other. Learn more about Eric Fossum.

Travel back in time at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum in our new exhibit “That 70s Room.” To learn mor...
06/21/2019
Visit the NIHF Museum’s New Interactive Exhibit, That 70s Room

Travel back in time at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum in our new exhibit “That 70s Room.” To learn more about this exhibit, follow the link:

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.

Innovation Force® member and NIHF Inductee Edmund O. Schweitzer III electrified campers’ summers when he spent the da...
06/21/2019

Innovation Force® member and NIHF Inductee Edmund O. Schweitzer III electrified campers’ summers when he spent the day at the Camp Invention® Lewis-Clark State College-Activity Center program.

Today, co-inventor of Polarization-Control Technology, Gary Sharp, visited Camp Invention® participants at Hudson Eleme...
06/19/2019

Today, co-inventor of Polarization-Control Technology, Gary Sharp, visited Camp Invention® participants at Hudson Elementary and taught them about his invention. Then the roles reversed as Campers showcased their various prototypes! #CampInvention

National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee and Innovation Force® member Frances Ligler spent the day at the Camp Invent...
06/19/2019

National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee and Innovation Force® member Frances Ligler spent the day at the Camp Invention® Elon Park Elementary school program in North Carolina. Not only did campers get to meet a real-life superhero, but they also gained a new career role model!

Did you know many brands and products that we use every day are trademarked and headquartered in the United States? You ...
06/19/2019

Did you know many brands and products that we use every day are trademarked and headquartered in the United States? You can check out many of these companies in the International Trademark Association (INTA) exhibit map room at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum. #NIHFMuseum

NIHF Inductee Mary Engle Pennington was a trailblazer — pioneering food preservation and storage techniques, while als...
06/18/2019
Defining Food Safety

NIHF Inductee Mary Engle Pennington was a trailblazer — pioneering food preservation and storage techniques, while also breaking glass ceilings.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame honors NIHF Inductee Mary Engle Pennington for pioneering food preservation and storage techniques.

When visiting the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum International Trademark Association (INTA) exhibition, visito...
06/16/2019
Exploring Trademarks and Brands at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum

When visiting the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum International Trademark Association (INTA) exhibition, visitors can explore how companies like Pepsi, Microsoft and Nike use innovation to build their brands. #NIHFMuseum http://bit.ly/NIHFMuseumINTA

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), in partnership with the International Trademark Association (INTA), has brought a new exhibition to the NIHF Museum.

We are excited to announce that a new exhibit has been installed at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum. The Ap...
06/14/2019

We are excited to announce that a new exhibit has been installed at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum. The Apollo 11 panel exhibit commemorates this historic mission and honors four NIHF Inductees and NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronauts who have made vital contributions to space exploration.

United States Patent and Trademark Office
06/14/2019

United States Patent and Trademark Office

This Flag Day, pick up an American flag at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum and place it by the Higgins Boat to pay your respects to WWII veterans, now until July 27.
Info: http://bit.ly/2VI2Cbz.

“We were so ready to be a real company,” says Payam. “Obviously it was fun, but it was also: Are you guys real ent...
06/13/2019

“We were so ready to be a real company,” says Payam. “Obviously it was fun, but it was also: Are you guys real entrepreneurs or are you just winning competitions and doing this as a resume booster?”

Check out what 2016 Collegiate Inventors Competition Undergraduate Gold Winners have accomplished since competing. #CICWhatsNext #NIHF

Agrospheres is a startup in Charlottesville, Virginia with an aim to change modern agriculture with its paradigm-shifting technologies. Read this month's Journeys of Innovation story on a team of young inventors and entrepreneurs: http://bit.ly/2WvZTCg.

In the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum® International Trademark Association (INTA) exhibition, museum-goers will...
06/12/2019

In the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum® International Trademark Association (INTA) exhibition, museum-goers will learn about counterfeiting and guess which products are genuine or counterfeit. #NIHFMuseum https://buff.ly/2UAPcNm

The National Inventors Hall of Fame®, in partnership with International Trademark Association (INTA), has brought a new...
06/10/2019
Exploring Trademarks and Brands at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum

The National Inventors Hall of Fame®, in partnership with International Trademark Association (INTA), has brought a new exhibition, “The Power of Trademarks” to the NIHF Museum, highlighting the importance of intellectual property through interactive exhibits, artifacts and stories.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), in partnership with the International Trademark Association (INTA), has brought a new exhibition to the NIHF Museum.

Learn about five National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees who served in the U.S. Navy and took with them unique exper...
06/08/2019
Visionary Veterans - Google Arts & Culture

Learn about five National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees who served in the U.S. Navy and took with them unique experiences that influenced their future inventions and shaped our country.

Here are the stories of five National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees that served in the Navy in peace and wartime, at home and abroad. They each emerged ...

Come visit the Higgins Boat exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum located at the United States Patent ...
06/07/2019

Come visit the Higgins Boat exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum located at the United States Patent and Trademark Office headquarters and pay your respects to World War II veterans by placing a flag in their honor.

The 2019 Collegiate Inventors Competition® deadline is approaching. Since 1990, with the help of our sponsors, we have ...
06/04/2019

The 2019 Collegiate Inventors Competition® deadline is approaching. Since 1990, with the help of our sponsors, we have awarded more than $1 million to students so they could take their inventions to the next level. Don’t miss the opportunity of a lifetime — enter today! https://buff.ly/311hyjQ

In honor of the upcoming 75th anniversary of D-Day, we recognize NIHF Inductee Andrew Higgins. To learn more about "The ...
06/03/2019

In honor of the upcoming 75th anniversary of D-Day, we recognize NIHF Inductee Andrew Higgins. To learn more about "The Man Who Won the War," follow the link below.
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National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee and World War II veteran Robert Seiwald was recognized for his service during...
06/02/2019

National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee and World War II veteran Robert Seiwald was recognized for his service during our 2019 Induction Ceremony. Learn more about Seiwald’s story here: https://buff.ly/2XjcHby

Are you attending the City of Alexandria’s 9th Annual Commemoration event honoring the 75th anniversary of D-Day? #NIH...
06/01/2019

Are you attending the City of Alexandria’s 9th Annual Commemoration event honoring the 75th anniversary of D-Day? #NIHF is here too! Stop by booth number 9 to learn about our Museum and our #HigginsBoat exhibit featuring "The Boat That Won The War" #DDay

Did you know that there are numerous #NIHF Inductees who served in the U.S. Navy? Follow the link and learn about how fi...
05/31/2019
Visionary Veterans - Google Arts & Culture

Did you know that there are numerous #NIHF Inductees who served in the U.S. Navy? Follow the link and learn about how five Inductees’ experiences in the Navy influenced their future inventions that have shaped our country.

Here are the stories of five National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees that served in the Navy in peace and wartime, at home and abroad. They each emerged ...

Climb aboard and visit the Higgins Boat! Located directly in front of the United States Patent and Trademark Office head...
05/28/2019

Climb aboard and visit the Higgins Boat! Located directly in front of the United States Patent and Trademark Office headquarters and #NIHF Museum in Alexandria, this exhibit will be open to the public until July 27.

Special thanks to D-Day Ohio Inc., for loaning us this incredible piece of history.
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Did you know #NIHF Museum visitors can get behind the steering wheel of a custom-designed 1965 Ford Motor Company Mustan...
05/23/2019

Did you know #NIHF Museum visitors can get behind the steering wheel of a custom-designed 1965 Ford Motor Company Mustang merged with a 2015 Ford Mustang to get a firsthand view into how far automotive technology has come in 50 years?
Follow the link to our Google Arts & Culture portal and see the exhibit for yourself! https://buff.ly/2uM6Z5C

Interested in learning about the role the American intellectual property system played in advancing photography througho...
05/20/2019
Intellectual Property Power - Google Arts & Culture

Interested in learning about the role the American intellectual property system played in advancing photography throughout history? Check out the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum online, as part of Google Arts & Culture's "Once Upon a Try" project.

The word photography means "drawing with light". Since the invention of the camera, people have been drawing with light at an ever-increasing rate, first o...

United States Patent and Trademark Office
05/20/2019

United States Patent and Trademark Office

After visiting the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum, World War II veterans Peg Bixler and John Alford stopped by the Higgins Boat—the famous landing craft used on D-Day and currently on display at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Alford is 93 and retired from the Navy after 20 years of service as a Master Chief Petty Officer. He served in WWII, the Korean War, and the Cold War during the Cuban Missile Crisis. His two brothers served in the Navy and his father served in WWI. Bixler is 94 and served as a Navy Cadet Nurse, but shortly before heading overseas, she fell ill with polio. Her father also served in WWI and her grandson has served 20 years in the Air Force.
Read our Journeys of Innovation story on Andrew Higgins and the patented boat that won the war: http://bit.ly/2J6gx3I.
More info on the Higgins Boat exhibit: http://bit.ly/2VI2Cbz.

Attention graduate and undergraduate students! The Collegiate Inventors Competition® is now open for entries. Do you ha...
05/09/2019
Invention Contest | Collegiate Inventors Competition | National Inventors Hall of Fame

Attention graduate and undergraduate students! The Collegiate Inventors Competition® is now open for entries. Do you have what it takes to compete against the top students from the top universities?

Enter the most exciting invention contest for university students. Receive direct feedback from National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees and compete for cash prizes.

It was an honor and a privilege to have Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross speak at our 47th Annual Induction Ceremony. T...
05/06/2019

It was an honor and a privilege to have Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross speak at our 47th Annual Induction Ceremony. Thank you for your help in welcoming our 2019 NIHF Inductee Class into our Hall of Fame!

Last week, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross joined the USPTO in inducting 19 of America’s greatest inventors into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Innovation plays an important role in transforming and advancing our society. Read the latest blog: http://bit.ly/2ZZpK3E.

Thank you, Danica McKellar, for hosting the 47th Annual Induction Ceremony! We’re thrilled to welcome you into our #NI...
05/03/2019

Thank you, Danica McKellar, for hosting the 47th Annual Induction Ceremony! We’re thrilled to welcome you into our #NIHF family and partner together to honor and inspire innovation in our country. #NIHF19 #CampInvention

This year’s 47th Annual National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honored and recognized 19-world changing in...
05/03/2019

This year’s 47th Annual National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honored and recognized 19-world changing inventors. Look through the photo gallery below and see why this night is regarded as The Greatest Celebration of American Innovation®.

Preparation is underway for the 47th Annual #NIHF Induction Ceremony! #NIHF19
05/02/2019

Preparation is underway for the 47th Annual #NIHF Induction Ceremony! #NIHF19

This evening The Greatest Celebration of American Innovation® will commence as 19-world changing inventors are Inducted...
05/02/2019
The Annual National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

This evening The Greatest Celebration of American Innovation® will commence as 19-world changing inventors are Inducted in to the National Inventors Hall of Fame!

Learn about the National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honoring the new 2019 Inductee Class.

Every year, the incoming class of National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees visits the NIHF Museum for the Illuminatio...
05/02/2019

Every year, the incoming class of National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees visits the NIHF Museum for the Illumination Ceremony, where they place their name plate on the Gallery of Icons™ exhibit. The continuous expansion of the Gallery of Icons reflects the advancement of innovation in America and demonstrates how each invention builds on those developed before it.

This afternoon, members of the 2019 Inductee Class will visit the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum to place thei...
05/01/2019

This afternoon, members of the 2019 Inductee Class will visit the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum to place their name plate on a hexagon on the Gallery of Icons™.
Follow the link to learn more about this monument to American Innovation.
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The excitement is building as the National Inventors Hall of Fame® 2019 Induction Ceremony nears. We look forward to th...
04/30/2019

The excitement is building as the National Inventors Hall of Fame® 2019 Induction Ceremony nears. We look forward to the greatest celebration of American innovation alongside our partners Merck, Nokia, Red Point Digital, LLC, National Instruments, United States Patent and Trademark Office and The Amos E. Joel Young Inventors Endowment. https://buff.ly/2GHJLD0

#NIHF19 Inductees Joseph Muhler and William Nebergall made a lasting contribution to American health at a time when dent...
04/30/2019
Meet 2019 Inductees Joseph Muhler and William Nebergall

#NIHF19 Inductees Joseph Muhler and William Nebergall made a lasting contribution to American health at a time when dental disease was persistent, and Americans were developing an estimated 700 million cavities a year.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame is honored to welcome Joseph Muhler and William Nebergall into our newest class of inventors to join our hall of fame.

This year during the National Inventors Hall of Fame® 2019 Induction Ceremony, 19 world-changing inventors will be Indu...
04/29/2019
The Annual National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

This year during the National Inventors Hall of Fame® 2019 Induction Ceremony, 19 world-changing inventors will be Inducted for their brilliant minds and the inventions they developed. We are excited to celebrate alongside our partners Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Qualcomm, IBM, Stanley Black & Decker and United States Patent and Trademark Office!

Learn about the National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honoring the new 2019 Inductee Class.

In honor of International Astronomy Day, we recognize #NIHF Inductee Ambrose Swasey who designed some of the most powerf...
04/28/2019

In honor of International Astronomy Day, we recognize #NIHF Inductee Ambrose Swasey who designed some of the most powerful and accurate telescopes of his day! Find out more about Swasey here:
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Edmund O. Schweitzer III started Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories in 1982 with his invention of the Digital Protectiv...
04/27/2019

Edmund O. Schweitzer III started Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories in 1982 with his invention of the Digital Protective Relay, making electric power safer, more reliable and more economical. Schweitzer is now a member of the 2019 National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Class. We are thrilled to announce our partnership with SEL to honor this year’s class.

Happy World Intellectual Property Day“Having students graduate with an understanding of the importance of the deployme...
04/26/2019
CEO Perspective: Intellectual Property

Happy World Intellectual Property Day

“Having students graduate with an understanding of the importance of the deployment of intellectual property assets and the tools they have available to protect their respective ideas becomes more urgent every year.” - Michael J. Oister, CEO, National Inventors Hall of Fame

Our future depends on two primary factors: providing children with exposure to innovation and promoting a greater understanding of intellectual property (IP).

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