AKRON, Ohio, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 5 & 6, 2006, the National Inventors Hall of Fame welcomes its 34th class of inductees. Receiving the honor for 2006 are the inventors of items such as the intravascular stent, the helium-neon laser, and the architecture for the modern day Internet. The 2006 group includes eight living inventors whose innovations have had a profound effect on the day to day lives of millions of Americans. Formal induction ceremonies for the living inductees take place on Saturday, May 6th. The inductees and their inventions include: - Willard Boyle, George Smith: Charge-coupled device - Vinton Cerf, Robert Kahn: Internet Protocol - Robert Gore: ePTFE, known by the GORE-TEX(R) brand name - Ali Javan: Helium-neon laser - Robert Langer, Jr.: Controlled drug delivery - Julio Palmaz: Intravascular stent Another group of inventors will receive posthumous recognition at a ceremony held on May 5th. They include innovators such as Dale Kleist, Games Slayter and John Thomas of Owens Corning who created fiberglass, Harvey Firestone who developed pneumatic rubber tires and Gregory Pincus, inventor of the contraceptive pill. Many inductees spanning the 18th and 19th centuries are being recognized for a diverse array of inventions. From Josephine Cochran's dishwasher and Joseph Glidden's barbed wire to Birdsill Holly Jr.'s modern day fire hydrant and Peter Cooper's steam locomotive, these innovations had a major impact on everyday life when they were first introduced to society. The complete list of inventors receiving posthumous recognition can be found at the Hall of Fame's website, www.invent.org/2006induction. In addition to this year's new class of inductees, the National Inventors Hall of Fame also recognizes two Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. This year, the winners are John Ong, former United States Ambassador and former Chairman and CEO of BF Goodrich Company, and Michael Kirk, Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). Inventors may be nominated by anyone for induction into the Hall of Fame, but they must hold a U.S. patent to be considered. The nominee's invention must have contributed to the welfare of society and have promoted the progress of science and the useful arts. The Selection Committee, comprised of representatives from national science and technology organizations, reviews all nominations. The not-for-profit National Inventors Hall of Fame 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 and Trademark Office and the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Association, the Hall's permanent home is Akron, Ohio, where the inventors in the Hall are honored and from where it administers its national programs, including Camp Invention(R), Club Invention(R), and the Collegiate Inventors Competition(R).
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