Posts Tagged: inventors hall of fame


Evolution of Tech: Roger Bacon’s high-performance carbon fibers find widespread use for thermal, mechanical properties

October 25th, will mark the 56th anniversary of the issue of the seminal patent for high-performance carbon fibers, which were invented by Roger Bacon, a 2016 inductee into …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

Evolution of Technology: Roger Angel’s honeycomb mirrors enable extremely large telescopes

The use of larger mirrors enabled the creation of more powerful telescopes over time. However, by the 1970s the size of the mirror itself was becoming a …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

EpiPen gives doses of life-saving epinephrine for nearly 50 years

The EpiPen continues to be a highly sought consumer medical device. Last September, Bloomberg reported that EpiPen sales had eclipsed $1 billion per year, proving to be a …
By Steve Brachmann
5 years ago 2

The Evolution of Food Safety: HOF Inventors John Silliker and Welton Taylor tamed Salmonella

The 2016 inductee class for the National Inventors Hall of Fame includes two microbiologists whose contributions to the field of food safety have helped to keep many foodborne …
By Steve Brachmann
5 years ago 0

The Evolution of the Internet: The spanning tree protocol, a major achievement in Internet routing

While the history of Internet development involves many names and was not reliant on a single discovery, it is also true that certain innovations have done more …
By Steve Brachmann
5 years ago 6

Per-Ingvar Brånemark’s discovery of osseointegration revolutionizes modern dental implants

This January 29th marks the 25th anniversary of the issue of a seminal patent in the field of dental implants, one that helped its inventor find a …
By Steve Brachmann
5 years ago 3

Harriet Strong, Queen of Walnuts and Hall of Fame Inventor of Water Storage, Flood Control Systems

The story of its inventor, Harriet W.R. Strong, is a reminder of the incredible resilience that most innovators show in the face of adversity, whether those …
By Steve Brachmann
5 years ago 0

Evolution of Diapers: How the waterproof diaper cover made parenting much simpler

Marion Donovan invented a few products that made some everyday life tasks easier, the most important of which is the waterproof diaper cover. Donovan’s dedication to …
By Steve Brachmann
6 years ago 8

Evolution of Technology: Bluetooth, the once and future king

Although not the only innovator to have a hand in the development of the wireless communications standard, Jaap Haartsen was responsible for some important Bluetooth advances and …
By Steve Brachmann
6 years ago 0

National Inventors Hall of Fame announces 2015 inductees

The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), announced the 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees, all of whom …
By U.S.P.T.O.
6 years ago 1

The Evolution of Video Game Consoles: A Tribute to Ralph Baer

Over the past week the world lost a major name in video game technology, the man who originally developed the entire concept of playing games through a …
By Steve Brachmann
6 years ago 1

The Evolution of Modern Ballpoint Pen: A Patent History

Bíró was not the first inventor to conceive the use of a rolling ball in socket mechanism for an ink writing utensil. By the latter part …
By Steve Brachmann
6 years ago 0

IBM Inventors Join Hall of Fame for Pioneering Programmable Computing

As the Supreme Court contemplates the patent eligibility of computer systems, the National Inventors Hall of Fame will induct three IBM (NYSE: IBM) engineers for their invention …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 0

The Evolution of the Clean Room: A Patent History

Willis Whitfield is the inventor of the system we today know as the clean room. In 1962, Whitfield developed a clean room technology that pumped air in through …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
7 years ago 0

The Evolution of the Modern Athletic Shoe: A Patent History

Among this year’s inductees into the National Inventors Hall of Fame is William Bowerman, the creator of the modern athletic shoe. Bowerman’s portfolio of patents …
By Steve Brachmann
7 years ago 12