2003 to Honor the Pioneers of Aviation and Aerospace
Inventors Hall of Fame Announces Special Induction Tied to the 100th
Anniversary of Flight
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 . MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X93354876
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