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.

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What’s your favorite holiday recipe? One of this season’s most iconic recipes is the green bean casserole. Visit our blo...
11/25/2020
Dorcas Reilly and the Original Green Bean Casserole Recipe

What’s your favorite holiday recipe? One of this season’s most iconic recipes is the green bean casserole. Visit our blog to learn how this delicious recipe was developed through innovative kitchen science in the 1950s.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® share the story behind Dorcas Reilly’s creation of the original Green Bean Casserole.

Today, thousands of miles of zipper are manufactured every day thanks to the innovations of National Inventors Hall of F...
11/23/2020
How Gideon Sundback Perfected the Zipper

Today, thousands of miles of zipper are manufactured every day thanks to the innovations of National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee Gideon Sundback. He not only designed the modern zipper, he also developed a machine and process for manufacturing it!

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® honors Inductee Gideon Sundback, who improved on the zupper to make it practical and commercially successful.

Your family might have fought over National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Robert Adler’s invention. Can you guess wha...
11/21/2020

Your family might have fought over National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Robert Adler’s invention. Can you guess what it is?

He created the TV remote control! His device used ultrasound to produce tones that the TV recognized as "channel-up," "channel-down," "sound on/off" or "power on/off."
http://bit.ly/RobertAdler-TVRemoteControl

Next time you enjoy a carbonated drink in a bottle, raise your glass to National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee William...
11/19/2020

Next time you enjoy a carbonated drink in a bottle, raise your glass to National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee William Painter. He invented the Crown Cork bottle cap, which was not only more efficient to produce, but was also leakproof!
https://bit.ly/WilliamPainter-BottleCap

Between his inventions of a bread crumber, which turned stale or unused bread into breadcrumbs, and an automated bread-m...
11/17/2020
Meet 2019 Inductee Joseph Lee

Between his inventions of a bread crumber, which turned stale or unused bread into breadcrumbs, and an automated bread-making machine, National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Joseph Lee revolutionized the bread industry. Give him a shoutout the next time you enjoy a sandwich!

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

This week, we’re celebrating #CanadianInnovationWeek!Visit our website to learn about some of the inspiring innovators w...
11/16/2020

This week, we’re celebrating #CanadianInnovationWeek!

Visit our website to learn about some of the inspiring innovators who have changed the world, like Hall of Famers James McEwen, inventor of the automatic surgical tourniquet, and James Hillier, whose work helped expand the capabilities of the electron microscope. Historica Canada
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Meet the Graduate team that won this year’s Collegiate Inventors Competition®!
11/15/2020
Congratulations to Our 2020 CIC Graduate Winner!

Meet the Graduate team that won this year’s Collegiate Inventors Competition®!

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® hosted the 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition and awarded the first-place graduate winner, Hyunwoo Yuk, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) student and inventor of SanaHeal.

Congratulations to the Undergraduate teams that took home the prizes during this year’s Collegiate Inventors Competition...
11/14/2020
Introducing Our 2020 CIC Undergraduate Winners

Congratulations to the Undergraduate teams that took home the prizes during this year’s Collegiate Inventors Competition®!

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® hosted the 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition and awarded the first-place undergraduate winner, team Universally Friendly Obturator (UFO) from Rice University.

11/13/2020
The National Inventors Hall of Fame Thanks Teachers

Teachers, thank you for everything that you do! 👏 This year was full of challenges, and you created innovative solutions to help support your students’ growth and learning.

With your inventive spirit and creative problem-solving abilities, we would like to officially welcome you to the inventor’s club with this video message from our Hall of Famers.

Edward W. Bullard, one of our newest Hall of Famers, developed the first hard hat based on the “doughboy” helmets that h...
11/11/2020
2020 NIHF Inductee Edward Bullard: The Enterprising Veteran

Edward W. Bullard, one of our newest Hall of Famers, developed the first hard hat based on the “doughboy” helmets that he and other soldiers in the U.S. Army wore during World War I. Today, the hard hat is a standard piece of safety equipment for construction workers and miners.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® honors Inductee Edward Bullard, the inventor of the hard hat.

Innovative breakthroughs can happen during everyday situations. Take National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Mary Ande...
11/08/2020
Mary Anderson: The Unheralded Inventor of the Windshield Wiper

Innovative breakthroughs can happen during everyday situations. Take National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Mary Anderson for example! She was touring New York City when she thought up her idea of the windshield wiper.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® honors Inductee Mary Anderson, who created the first windshield-clearing device to be effective.

Read this blog post to learn about the many ways that diversity can help workplace teams come up with more-innovative so...
11/05/2020
Innovation at Work

Read this blog post to learn about the many ways that diversity can help workplace teams come up with more-innovative solutions!

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® shares how teams comprised of individuals with a greater variety of backgrounds and experiences can produce more innovative and creative ideas.

Head outside for some fall stargazing to help your child explore how the phases of the moon can affect the tides on Eart...
11/02/2020
STEM and the Stars

Head outside for some fall stargazing to help your child explore how the phases of the moon can affect the tides on Earth.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® explains an activity where students can explore how different moon phases have various gravitational effects on the Earth, changing the behavior of the tides.

If you’re celebrating Halloween this year by watching a fun – or scary – movie, you might be using technology that was d...
10/31/2020
Otis Boykin’s Enduring Impact on Technology

If you’re celebrating Halloween this year by watching a fun – or scary – movie, you might be using technology that was developed by National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Otis Boykin: electronic resistors. Variations of this device are used in lots of devices, from televisions to computers and more. 🎃

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® honors Inductee Otis Boykin, who improved electrical resistors, which made possible the steady workings of a wide variety of electrical devices.

Congratulations to the incredible innovators who have won the 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition®! 🎉The Graduate winn...
10/29/2020

Congratulations to the incredible innovators who have won the 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition®! 🎉

The Graduate winner is SanaHeal and the Undergraduate winner is Universally Friendly Obturator, or UFO. Finally, the winner of this year’s Arrow Electronics People’s Choice Award is TrachTech.

Thank you to all of the fantastic innovators who took part in this year’s competition, we look forward to seeing all that you continue to accomplish!
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Innovations in animation have helped bring childhood characters to life for each new generation of moviegoers. In fact, ...
10/28/2020
Walt Disney: Animation Pioneer

Innovations in animation have helped bring childhood characters to life for each new generation of moviegoers. In fact, Walt Disney was Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame® for his invention of the multiplane camera, which conveyed the illusion of depth in the animated movie “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.

Day Two of the Collegiate Inventors Competition® is here! Today, the Finalists will each hold Q&A sessions about their i...
10/28/2020
Collegiate Inventors Competition

Day Two of the Collegiate Inventors Competition® is here! Today, the Finalists will each hold Q&A sessions about their innovations and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees and United States Patent and Trademark Office officials on the Judges panel will begin to deliberate on who will win this year’s competition.

There’s still time for you to cast your own vote for the Arrow Electronics People’s Choice Award. The winners will be announced tomorrow! #CIC2020
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The National Inventors Hall of Fame® hosts a competition for college students to showcase their inventions.

The virtual 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition® has officially begun! We are so excited to welcome the Judges and the...
10/27/2020
Online Research with Surveys and Polls | SurveyMonkey

The virtual 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition® has officially begun! We are so excited to welcome the Judges and the 2020 Finalists to the first day of this event. Be sure to cast your votes for the Arrow Electronics People’s Choice Award this week. #CIC2020
https://www.research.net/r/2020CICvote
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With the invention of the automatic shoe-lasting machine by National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Jan Ernst Matzelig...
10/25/2020

With the invention of the automatic shoe-lasting machine by National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Jan Ernst Matzeliger, quality shoes became affordable for more people. 👞 His device mechanized the detailed process of joining a shoe sole to its upper section and was so complex that patent examiners needed to see it in operation before they understood it.
http://bit.ly/JanErnstMatzeliger

In 1998, Qualcomm created a prototype that would become the smartphone that we know today 📱. Take a virtual tour of the ...
10/23/2020
Discover the Inventions That Put the World in Your Hand

In 1998, Qualcomm created a prototype that would become the smartphone that we know today 📱. Take a virtual tour of the “Connectivity Changes Everything” exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum to explore all the innovations that have made this technology possible.

Learn more about the NIHF Museum’s interactive exhibition, Connectivity Changes Everything, developed in partnership with Qualcomm.

There’s lots of ways to visit museums from the comfort of home, like taking a virtual visit to the Ford Mustang exhibit ...
10/19/2020
Learn more about the custom Ford Mustang exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum.

There’s lots of ways to visit museums from the comfort of home, like taking a virtual visit to the Ford Mustang exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum! It’s a fun way to learn about all of the automotive patents that have helped make the Mustang such an iconic vehicle! Ford Motor Company

The National Inventors Hall of Fame discusses our museum’s custom 1965/2015 Ford Mustang exhibit.

Congratulations to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry! Thei...
10/18/2020
2 Scientists Awarded Nobel Prize In Chemistry For Genome Editing Research

Congratulations to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry! Their invention of “genetic scissors” allows scientists to make changes to specific genes. #InventGirlPower

The 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded for research into "rewriting the code of life." Emmanuelle Charpentier of France and Jennifer Doudna of the U.S. are the laureates.

In the words of Hall of Famer Margaret Wu, “cooking is a form of chemical reactions.” To celebrate this fall season, we’...
10/17/2020
Fall Cookbook with a Dash of STEM | National Inventors Hall of Fame®

In the words of Hall of Famer Margaret Wu, “cooking is a form of chemical reactions.” To celebrate this fall season, we’ve collected some delicious recipes that are perfect for you to make with your young inventor and start cooking with STEM.

From our National Inventors Hall of Fame family to yours, happy cooking!

With this collection of fall recipes, we invite your family to come together and explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts in the kitchen.

In times like these, many of us have been catching up on movies and our favorite television shows. Read this blog post t...
10/16/2020
Charles Jenkins and Thomas Armat: Pioneers of Cinema

In times like these, many of us have been catching up on movies and our favorite television shows. Read this blog post to uncover the story of two early motion picture innovators: National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees Charles Jenkins and Thomas Armat. 📽️

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® honors Inductees Charles Jenkins and Thomas Armat, innovators of early cinema.

This year, we’re celebrating three decades of inspiration at the Collegiate Inventors Competition®, where some of the na...
10/15/2020
Learn About Our 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition Finalists

This year, we’re celebrating three decades of inspiration at the Collegiate Inventors Competition®, where some of the nation’s top collegiate innovators will present their inventions to National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees and United States Patent and Trademark Office officials for the chance to win cash and other prizes.

Read this blog post to learn more about the Graduate and Undergraduate inventors who will compete at this year’s event. #CIC2020

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® announces the 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition® finalists.

In 1947, farmer and National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Frank Zybach observed some workers who were struggling to ...
10/12/2020
NIHF Inductee Frank Zybach: The Ingenious Farmer

In 1947, farmer and National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Frank Zybach observed some workers who were struggling to put together the pipes in an irrigation field. He knew that a better system needed to be developed, and his innovative solution was the center-pivot irrigation system that is still used on many farms today.

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

A pioneer in making technology more accessible, National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee Chieko Asakawa invented the Hom...
10/11/2020
Meet 2019 Inductee Chieko Asakawa | National Inventors Hall of Fame

A pioneer in making technology more accessible, National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee Chieko Asakawa invented the Home Page Reader. It was the first practical tool that allowed blind and visually impaired users to navigate the internet.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame is honored to welcome Chieko Asakawa into our newest class of inventors to join our hall of fame.

The Bambi Bucket® for aerial firefighting developed by National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Don Arney was easier to...
10/09/2020

The Bambi Bucket® for aerial firefighting developed by National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Don Arney was easier to store, used less electricity, and was more accurate and effective than other aerial firefighting water buckets. Today, his design is used across the world to help contain wildfires.
http://bit.ly/DonArney

National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Nick Holonyak Jr. invented the LEDs that are used in many electronic items tod...
10/07/2020
Camp Invention

National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Nick Holonyak Jr. invented the LEDs that are used in many electronic items today. Did you know that he’s one of only a few people who have been awarded both the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology?
http://bit.ly/NickHolonyakJr-LED

One way to show others that we care is with greeting cards, especially homemade ones! Use this awesome STEM activity to make a light-up card for someone special. 💡

Looking for fun and educational STEM podcasts to listen to? We’ve put together a list of some that the whole family can ...
10/04/2020
5 STEM Podcasts Kids (and Parents!) Will Love

Looking for fun and educational STEM podcasts to listen to? We’ve put together a list of some that the whole family can enjoy!

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® recommend these STEM-focused podcasts both kids and parents can enjoy.

For three decades, the Collegiate Inventors Competition® has invited some of the nation’s top collegiate innovators to p...
10/03/2020
The Collegiate Inventors Competition is Going Virtual

For three decades, the Collegiate Inventors Competition® has invited some of the nation’s top collegiate innovators to present their designs to some of our world-changing Hall of Famers. This year, the Graduate and Undergraduate winning teams will receive a cash prize along with a one-on-one mentorship session with one of our National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees!

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® will host the Collegiate Inventors Competition® in a virtual format.

There have been many innovative periods throughout American history, and countless innovators who have overcome adversit...
10/01/2020
National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum , Alexandria, United States - Google Arts & Culture

There have been many innovative periods throughout American history, and countless innovators who have overcome adversity and made the impossible possible. Learn about some of these inspirational stories when you take a virtual tour of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum and discover our world-changing Hall of Famers.

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...

Congratulations to the Undergraduate and Graduate Finalist teams that will compete in this year’s Collegiate Inventors C...
09/30/2020

Congratulations to the Undergraduate and Graduate Finalist teams that will compete in this year’s Collegiate Inventors Competition®!

Visit our website to learn more about these incredible inventors and get ready to vote for the Arrow Electronics People’s Choice Award! Stay tuned to our website for more details.
invent.org/collegiate-inventors
Arrow Electronics

We are thrilled to announce that the Finalists for the 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition® have been selected! Visit ...
09/29/2020
Collegiate Inventors Competition | National Inventors Hall of Fame®

We are thrilled to announce that the Finalists for the 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition® have been selected! Visit our website to learn more about this year’s Undergraduate and Graduate Finalist teams. #CIC2020

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

As an entrepreneur, intellectual property can help you achieve differentiation, expansion and scalability with your inve...
09/28/2020
Guide to Intellectual Property: What is Entrepreneurship?

As an entrepreneur, intellectual property can help you achieve differentiation, expansion and scalability with your invention. Check out our #IntellectualProperty blog series to learn more about this important topic and the business side of innovation!

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® explains why intellectual property is important to entrepreneurship.

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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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I invented Auditory Immunization listening to a virus, Olfactory Immunization smelling a virus, Gustatory Immunization tasting a virus today to show three new types of possible immunization in theory. James T. STruck BA, BS, AA, MLIS PO BOX 61 Evanston IL 60204
Enjoying our virtual Camp Invention experience! Thanks for a fun day Coach Claudia!!
Fun week of Inventions! #CampInvention
Soccer field, by John. Camp Invention Virtual Camp
Today we are in day 3 of camp invention and we are having a blast this week. Here are just some of the pictures from camp invention 2020 so far....
Having fun with Camp Invention Connect! Today, in Champions style, Luna created 'The Ultimate Soccer' game. Stadium is complete with Water Tower lemonade stand, shuttle to the Restaurant, and stadium lights!
when you go to start Monday morning and Nikochan thinks he needs a soccer arena. #CampInvention
I am completely impressed with the Camp Invention Kit that arrived in the mail - mind blown 🤯😃 with all the detail!
1st day of summer camp. Fun times.
We had so much at #campinvention #rescuesquad today
We registered our daughter for your program before COVID-19, yet we have not heard anything from you about your program. I understand fully now that our daughter does not matter anything to you. I cannot and will not ever recommend your programs.
Thank you for this awesome STEM take apart opportunity! So cool!