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.

The 2020 Inductee class will be announced in TWO days! Be sure to follow us on Twitter so you can be the first to know a...
01/05/2020
Inventors HOF (@InventorsHOF) | Twitter

The 2020 Inductee class will be announced in TWO days! Be sure to follow us on Twitter so you can be the first to know about the 2020 Inductee class!

The latest Tweets from Inventors HOF (@InventorsHOF). The National Inventors Hall of Fame #NIHF recognizes inventors, promotes creativity and advances innovation through programs like @CampInvention. Alexandria, Virginia

Is building a successful business or invention a part of your New Year’s resolution? If so, check out the blog below.
01/04/2020
Guide to Intellectual Property: What is Entrepreneurship?

Is building a successful business or invention a part of your New Year’s resolution? If so, check out the blog below.

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

Happy New Year! Celebrate 2020 with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® on Jan. 7, as we announce the new Inductee clas...
01/01/2020
Coming Soon: Announcing the 2020 Class of Inductees

Happy New Year! Celebrate 2020 with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® on Jan. 7, as we announce the new Inductee class!

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® will announce the Class of 2020 inductees at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

In 1976, the American Chemical Society recognized stannous fluoride toothpaste as one of the 100 greatest discoveries of...
12/30/2019
Meet 2019 Inductees Joseph Muhler and William Nebergall

In 1976, the American Chemical Society recognized stannous fluoride toothpaste as one of the 100 greatest discoveries of the previous 100 years.

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.

NIHF Inductee Radia Perlman found skills she acquired from playing the piano from a young age helped her creation of rob...
12/28/2019
Piano and Protocols: The Story of Inventor Radia Perlman

NIHF Inductee Radia Perlman found skills she acquired from playing the piano from a young age helped her creation of robust network routing and bridging.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® shares Hall of Fame Inductee Radia Perlman’s story of how she created Spanning-Tree Protocol or STP that helped grow the internet.

Have you heard of Coca-Cola? The formula for its iconic soft drink is a prime example of the power trade secrets possess...
12/24/2019
Guide to Intellectual Property: What is a Trade Secret?

Have you heard of Coca-Cola? The formula for its iconic soft drink is a prime example of the power trade secrets possess.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® shares the definition of trade secret as part of the Guide to Intellectual Property blog series.

"[My father] told me that as an engineer, you can change your world and change the way of life for lots and lots of peop...
12/23/2019
Steve Wozniak and the Story of the PC

"[My father] told me that as an engineer, you can change your world and change the way of life for lots and lots of people," said NIHF Inductee Steve Wozniak.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® gives an in-depth look into the career of Apple Founder and inventors Hall of Famer Steve Wozniak.

Frustrated by having to repeatedly change her daughter’s soiled cloth diapers, as well as her clothing and bed sheets, N...
12/20/2019
Marion Donovan: Mother, Inventor, Visionary

Frustrated by having to repeatedly change her daughter’s soiled cloth diapers, as well as her clothing and bed sheets, NIHF Inductee Marion Donovan invented the waterproof diaper cover.

Marion Donovan: Mother, Inventor, Visionary | National Inventors Hall of Fame® Meta Description: The National Inventors Hall of Fame® shares the biography of Hall of Fame Inventor Marion Donovan, the creator of the waterproof diaper cover.

We are excited to announce that for the second year in a row, the National Inventors Hall of Fame® will announce our inc...
12/19/2019
Coming Soon: Announcing the 2020 Class of Inductees

We are excited to announce that for the second year in a row, the National Inventors Hall of Fame® will announce our incoming class of Inductees at CES in Las Vegas!

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® will announce the Class of 2020 inductees at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Is your invention novel? Is it non-obvious? Is it useful? Maybe you should patent it!
12/16/2019
Guide to Intellectual Property: What is a Patent?

Is your invention novel? Is it non-obvious? Is it useful? Maybe you should patent it!

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® explains the definition of a patent, the types of patents that exist and the difference between patents and trademarks.

Travel back in time at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum.
12/14/2019
Visit the NIHF Museum’s New Interactive Exhibit, That 70s Room

Travel back in time at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum.

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.

12/13/2019
Walt Disney: Animation Pioneer

Learn the basics of #NIHF Inductee Walt Disney’s multiplane camera from Disney himself!

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

Trade secrets are the next topic in the National Inventors Hall of Fame’s “Guide to Intellectual Property” blog series. ...
12/08/2019
Guide to Intellectual Property: What is a Trade Secret?

Trade secrets are the next topic in the National Inventors Hall of Fame’s “Guide to Intellectual Property” blog series. Follow the link to learn more!

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® shares the definition of trade secret as part of the Guide to Intellectual Property blog series.

Busy shopping for the holidays? Meet the NIHF Inductees whose creation ensures safe online shopping.
12/06/2019
RSA Cryptography: The Algorithm Keeping Us Safe Online

Busy shopping for the holidays? Meet the NIHF Inductees whose creation ensures safe online shopping.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® explains what RSA stands for and how it helps consumers purchase gifts online during the holiday season.

Do you know what invention propelled Walt Disney into the National Inventors Hall of Fame®?
12/04/2019
Walt Disney: Animation Pioneer

Do you know what invention propelled Walt Disney into the National Inventors Hall of Fame®?

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

In our Innovation Ecosystem room at the #NIHF Museum, visitors can learn about numerous #STEM education programs NIHF of...
11/28/2019
Explore Our Innovation Ecosystem at the NIHF Museum

In our Innovation Ecosystem room at the #NIHF Museum, visitors can learn about numerous #STEM education programs NIHF offers throughout the United States and Canada like Camp Invention.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® offers STEM programs for kids to educate and inspire the next generation of world-changing innovators.

"[My father] told me that as an engineer, you can change your world and change the way of life for lots and lots of peop...
11/27/2019
Steve Wozniak and the Story of the PC

"[My father] told me that as an engineer, you can change your world and change the way of life for lots and lots of people,” said #NIHF Inductee Steve Wozniak.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® gives an in-depth look into the career of Apple Founder and inventors Hall of Famer Steve Wozniak.

National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees are crucial in the development of Camp Invention curriculum.
11/21/2019
How NIHF Develops a New Camp Invention Curriculum Each Year

National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees are crucial in the development of Camp Invention curriculum.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® and Camp Invention® explain how the education curriculum is created for camp every summer.

Thanks to your support, innovators of all ages benefit from the lessons of world-changing role models: National Inventor...
11/18/2019
Thank You for Promoting STEM Role Models

Thanks to your support, innovators of all ages benefit from the lessons of world-changing role models: National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® is thankful for the opportunity to help inspire young inventors through Hall of Fame Inductees.

Winners of United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patents for Humanity receive an acceleration certificate to exped...
11/15/2019
Patents for Humanity

Winners of United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patents for Humanity receive an acceleration certificate to expedite select proceedings at the USPTO, as well as recognition of their work. Applications are being accepted through Jan. 31, 2020!

Contact us Please contact us if you have any questions about the awards program. 2018 Award Recipients Information about the winning recipients for the 2018 Patents for Humanity awards 2016 Award Recipients Information about the winning recipients for the 2016 Patents for Humanity awards 2015 Award....

11/12/2019
Cultivating Curiosity

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® believes curiosity powers innovation.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® believes curiosity drives discovery, solves problems, sparks creativity, brings imagination to life and invents solution...

Last week’s “Guide to Intellectual Property” blog discussed copyrights. Now let’s review the importance of trademarks.  ...
11/08/2019
Guide to Intellectual Property: What is a Trademark?

Last week’s “Guide to Intellectual Property” blog discussed copyrights. Now let’s review the importance of trademarks. #IntellectualProperty

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® explains the definition of Trademark.

Patents for Humanity is the United States Patent and Trademark Office awards program recognizing innovators who use game...
11/01/2019
Patents for Humanity

Patents for Humanity is the United States Patent and Trademark Office awards program recognizing innovators who use game-changing technology to overcome global humanitarian challenges. Learn more and apply today!
https://www.uspto.gov/patent/initiatives/patents-humanity/learn-more

Contact us Please contact us if you have any questions about the awards program. 2018 Award Recipients Information about the winning recipients for the 2018 Patents for Humanity awards 2016 Award Recipients Information about the winning recipients for the 2016 Patents for Humanity awards 2015 Award....

This year, 63,149 underserved children received scholarships or financial support to attend National Inventors Hall of F...
11/01/2019

This year, 63,149 underserved children received scholarships or financial support to attend National Inventors Hall of Fame® educational programs. This month, to celebrate Gratitude Month, we would like to thank you all for challenging the status quo, sparking imaginations and encouraging creative thinking.

The Collegiate Inventors Competition® results are in! Congratulations to all of the Winners, Runner-Ups and Finalists!
10/31/2019

The Collegiate Inventors Competition® results are in! Congratulations to all of the Winners, Runner-Ups and Finalists!

The Collegiate Inventors Competition® results are in! Congratulations to all of the Winners, Runner-Ups and Finalists!

10/28/2019
The Road to CIC - 2019 Collegiate Inventors Competition

This week, National Inventors Hall of Fame's annual #CIC2019 begins! Graduate and Undergraduate Finalists will present their inventions to a panel of world-changing #NIHF Inductees and United States Patent and Trademark Office officials for first- and second-place medals. You can be a Judge too! Vote for your favorite team in our Arrow Electronics People’s Choice Awards Contest.
Vote Here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019CICPeoplesChoice

Museumgoers can test their knowledge of history and inventors at the NIHF Museum! Does anyone know the answer to the que...
10/26/2019

Museumgoers can test their knowledge of history and inventors at the NIHF Museum! Does anyone know the answer to the question below? If you don’t, use our Inductee search: https://www.invent.org/inductees/search

10/25/2019
2019 CIC Undergraduate Finalist - SecURO

Undergraduate Finalist team SecURO from Georgia Tech invented a device that stitches with the pull of a trigger, eliminating problems associated with hand-stitching, and leading to faster recovery times and fewer complications.

10/24/2019
2019 CIC Undergraduate Finalist - PeritoneX

An invention from Collegiate Inventors Competition® Undergraduate team PeritoneX from Johns Hopkins University reduces the risk of infection during peritoneal dialysis without increasing the time or dexterity required to perform the therapy.

10/24/2019
2019 CIC Undergraduate Finalist - PE-IVT

Undergraduate Finalist PE-IVT (Positively Engaged, Infinitely Variable Transmission Using Split Helical Gears) from University of Nebraska-Lincoln represents a new class of transmission that combines the torque of gear-based transmissions with the efficiency of continuously variable transmissions.

10/21/2019
2019 CIC Undergraduate Finalist - Compressor-Turbine Fusion

Collegiate Inventors Competition® Undergraduate Finalist Compressor-Turbine Fusion from Oklahoma State University can make alternative energy more competitive with traditional power sources by increasing the efficiency of thermodynamic cycles and power equipment.

Whether you traveled by plane to a far-off destination or for a recent business venture, here are some #NIHF Inductees w...
10/21/2019
Celebrate Inductees Who Pioneered the Skies

Whether you traveled by plane to a far-off destination or for a recent business venture, here are some #NIHF Inductees who ensured you experienced a safe flight.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® celebrates world-changing inventors who have made safe air travel a reality.

10/17/2019
2019 CIC Graduate Finalist - Nanodropper

Collegiate Inventors Competition® Graduate Finalists Nanodropper from Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and University of Washington has invented a universal adapter for eyedrop medication bottles that creates smaller and more efficacious droplets to reduce waste, decrease per-dose cost and increase accessibility to expensive, essential medication.

10/16/2019
2019 CIC Graduate Finalist - Infinite Cooling

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Graduate team Infinite Cooling can ionize and collect water from power plants’ cooling towers so it may be reused as industrial and drinking water.

10/16/2019
2019 CIC Graduate Finalist - EasyWhip™

Graduate Finalist team EasyWhip™ from University of Tennessee, Knoxville has created the first apparatus to leverage removable, connected needle portions, resulting in a new whip stitching method that provides better overall outcomes for patients.

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600 Dulany St
Alexandria, VA
22314

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Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
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Saturday 11:00 - 15:00

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