2003 to Honor the Pioneers of Aviation and Aerospace

Inventors Hall of Fame Announces Special Induction Tied to the 100th

Anniversary of Flight

Aug 26, 2002, 01:00 ET from National Inventors Hall of Fame

    AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- 2003 will mark the 31st annual
 induction of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the organization has
 special plans to link the festivities to the 100th anniversary of flight.  For
 the first time, the Inventors Hall of Fame has decided to accept induction
 nominations for only those individuals who have played a defining role in the
 advancement of aviation and aerospace.
     Some of the great aviation innovators are already in the Hall of Fame,
 including such well-known inventors as Wilbur and Orville Wright, Igor
 Sikorsky and William Lear.  But there are many people still unrecognized, who
 originated ideas that without which we would not be soaring across the skies
 or exploring the limits of our solar system to better understand the universe.
     "This is a special opportunity," says Dr. Donald B. Keck, President of the
 National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation Board and an inductee in his own
 right for his pioneering work to invent the basis for modern fiber optics.
 "Although 'themed' inductions are not something we intend to do on a regular
 basis, we felt that the 100th anniversary of powered flight is a truly unique
 opportunity, representing one of humankind's greatest accomplishments.  We
 hope that the nation and the world will help us celebrate when we induct the
 pioneers of air and space travel into the Hall of Fame next year."
     The Board of Directors of the Hall of Fame Foundation has created a
 special Blue Ribbon Panel of experts that will begin to evaluate potential
 2003 inductees later this year.  The distinguished panel is comprised of
 inventors, educators, scientists and journalists including Dr. Woodrow
 Whitlow, Director of Research and Technology, NASA/John H. Glenn Research
 Center; Tom Crouch, Senior Curator of Aeronautics, National Air and Space
 Museum; Dr. Barbara Wilson, Chief Technologist, U.S. Air Force; Professor
 Edward M. Greitzer, Director, Gas Turbine Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute
 of Technology; Frederick Allen, Editor, American Heritage of Invention &
 Technology magazine and three inductees to the National Inventors Hall of
 Fame, to name a few.
     The 2002 induction ceremony is being held next month at the National
 Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio.  Inductees include the inventors of the
 implantable heart defibrillator, the three-point auto seat belt, the substrate
 in automotive catalytic converters, the Kurzweil Reading Machine, excimer
 laser surgery, aspirin, ENIAC (the first general purpose computer) and the
 Bessemer steel process.
     The not-for-profit National Inventors Hall of Fame(R) is the premier
 organization in America dedicated to honoring and fostering creativity and
 invention.  Each year a new class of inventors is inducted into the Hall of
 Fame in recognition of their patented inventions that make human, social and
 economic progress possible.  Founded in 1973 by the U.S. Patent & Trademark
 Office and the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations, the
 Hall's permanent home is Akron, Ohio, and serves as both a museum and an
 educational programming resource.
     For information on the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the induction
 process, you can visit the organization's web site at www.invent.org .
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