AKRON, Ohio, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Inventors Hall of Fame announced today it will honor a group of historically significant inventors through induction. Each year, the Hall makes a February announcement of inductees for the upcoming year. This year, for the second time, the Hall is announcing an additional group of historical inventors who will be recognized during the annual induction ceremony. The Hall's goal is to present a more complete and accurate historical view of innovation in the United States with the additional inductees. Some of the inventors or their inventions are more readily identifiable to the general public, such as Frank Zamboni and his ice resurfacing machine, Richard Drew and masking and cellophane tape, and John Holland and the submarine. Other inventors, such as James Bogardus and his iron building frame and Thomas Seavy Hall and his railroad signal, may not be as well known. All the inventors, however, had significant influence on society and the economy as their work became popular during their own times. The inventors and their inventions are: Samuel Allen (1841-1918), Flexible flyer sled Alpheus Babcock (1785-1842), Cast-iron piano frame Laszlo Biro (1899-1985), Ball point pen Eli Whitney Blake (1795-1886), Machine for crushing stone Katharine Blodgett (1896-1979), Langmuir-Blodgett Films James Bogardus (1800-1874), Iron building frame Charles Brannock (1903-1992), Foot measuring device John Browning (1855-1926), Breech-loading rifle Georges Claude (1870-1960), Neon tubing Joshua Lionel Cowen (1877-1965), Toy train system George Crompton (1829-1886), Looms Richard Drew (1899-1980), Adhesive tape Philip Drinker (1894-1972), Iron lung Alfred Einhorn (1856-1917), Novocain Ole Evinrude (1877-1934), Outboard motor King Gillette (1855-1932), Safety razor Elisha Gray (1835-1901), Telephone and telegraph improvements Thomas Seavy Hall (1827-1880), Railroad signal John Holland (1840-1914), Submarine Frederick McKinley Jones (1893-1961), Refrigeration unit Albert Kingsbury (1863-1943), Thrust bearing Lorenzo Langstroth (1810-1895), Bee hive Oliver Lodge (1851-1940), Wireless telegraphy Auguste-Marie Lumiere (1862-1954), Cinematographe Louis Lumiere (1864-1948), Cinematographe Wilhelm Maybach (1846-1929), Carburetor, radiator Alexander Miles, Elevator doors Michael J. Owens (1839-1923), Automatic bottle-making machine Thomas Pickering (1831-1895), Velocipede Louis Renault (1877-1944), Drum brake Jesse Reno (1861-1947), Escalator John Rogers (1856-1934), Automatic typesetting Charles Seeberger (1857-1931), Escalator William Sellers (1824-1905), Improvement in machine tools Frederick Sickels (1819-1895), Valve for steam engines Samuel Slater (1768-1835), Cotton mills Eli Terry (1772-1852), Automated clockmaking Louis Tiffany (1848-1933), Stained glass Theophilus Van Kannel (1841-1919), Revolving door Squire Whipple (1804-1888), Iron truss bridge Frank Zamboni (1901-1988), Ice resurfacing machine The group of 41 deceased inventors will be recognized as inductees in the Hall of Fame at a ceremony taking place on May 4, 2007 that will focus on posthumous recognition. Also to be recognized at that ceremony are the deceased inventors whose names were originally announced in February. On May 5, 2007, this year's living inductees will be honored. The not-for-profit National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation 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). For more information, visit www.invent.org.
SOURCE The National Inventors Hall of Fame