Annual ceremony comes to Silicon Valley's Computer History Museum on May 2 to celebrate 50 years of the integrated circuit and recognize 15 pioneers in the field
AKRON, Ohio, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Inventors Hall of Fame today announced it will honor longtime Intel Corporation leader Andy Grove with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award during its 2009 Induction Ceremony Gala at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA on Saturday, May 2, 2009.
Dedicated to recognizing inventors and innovation, the National Inventors Hall of Fame is holding its annual induction ceremony in Silicon Valley for the first time in celebration of 50 years of the integrated circuit. The 2009 class of inductees, announced last month in Washington, D.C., is comprised of 15 innovators who pioneered advances related to or enabled by the integrated circuit.
As the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Grove is being recognized for his outstanding contributions and extended commitment to invention and technical innovation in the semiconductor industry. Along with 2009 inductee Gordon Moore, he participated in the founding of Intel Corporation in 1968, and he served successively as President, CEO and Chairman of the company from 1979 to 2005. During Dr. Grove's tenure, Intel dramatically contributed to the power, utility and ubiquity of computing devices.
"The world we live in today is scarcely imaginable without the contributions of Andy Grove and all 15 of this year's inductees," said James Pooley, Chairman of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. "So many of the technologies we take for granted nowadays, including everyday consumer electronics like cell phones, computers, and DVD players, rely on semiconductor technologies that only exist thanks to their hard work and spirit of invention."
The 37th Annual Induction Ceremony Gala at the Computer History Museum on May 2 is a black-tie dinner and Induction Ceremony. Neal Conan, host of National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation," will emcee the event and tell the story of how these pioneers helped create the modern computer and electronics industries. The event will be attended by numerous Silicon Valley and national leaders and innovators. Also in attendance will be dozens of previous inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame who have been recognized in past years for their life-changing inventions.
The ceremony is also part of the Computer History Museum's Salute to the Semiconductor program, which is highlighted by events and commemorative activities focused on the history and growth of the integrated circuit and its impact on society.
Tickets to the Induction Ceremony Gala are $200 and by invitation only, but a limited number of tickets will be made available to the public closer to the event. Sponsorship packages, which include tickets and marketing exposure at the event, are available now.
For more information about the 2009 class of inductees and the Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as information on sponsorships and ticket sales, please visit: www.invent.org/2009induction.
About The National Inventors Hall of Fame
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 Associations, the Hall's headquarters are in Akron, Ohio, from where it administers its national programs, including the Camp Invention(R) and Club Invention(R) programs, Invent Now(R) initiatives, and the Collegiate Inventors Competition(R).
SOURCE National Inventors Hall of Fame