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The National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio

The National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation was organized in 1973 with the goal of making national heroes of the men and women whose life's work has changed the world. The first year Thomas Alva Edison was the sole inductee. John Ericsson was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1993 for Propelling Steam Vessels, Patent No. 588. "Ericsson's most enduring invention was the screw propeller, which is still the main form of marine propulsion."

The Foundation now includes four subsidiaries:
The National Investors Hall of Fame, Inc. has a full-time research and archives staff that maintains a database of potential nominees. Names received from technology historians, professional societies, and the general public are added to the database. The staff researches and evaluates each invention's historical significance, its contribution to the nation's welfare and the progress of science and useful arts, and confirms a U.S. patent that is free of controversy.

This process yields uniform reports on approximately one hundred significant inventions annually. To narrow the group of nominees these reports are examined and ranked by a Selection Committee based on the same criteria used by the staff. The staff recompiles the reduced list of nominees for members of a Blue Ribbon Panel, a second group of experts. This panel, adding its expertise, prepares a ranked compilation of proposed inductees. Including current inductees, in 2006 there were 313 inventors in the Hall of Fame. The National Hall of Fame publishes annual editions of Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation. It includes for each inductee, a succinct biographical note together with statement about the invention and patent number on which the selection was based.

The publication includes notes on trends in inventions:

Inez & Leif Brisfjord of John Ericsson Society, New York visited The National Inventors Hall of Fame, in Akron, Ohio on August 3, 2007.

National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio

National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio

Heidi Gray, Visitor Experience Coordinator
Inez Brisfjord, John Ericsson Society, New York

Hall of Fame


Alfred Nobel
(Worked with John Ericsson for a year in New York)

John Ericsson

Ernst F.W. Alexanderson

Thomas Alva Edison

Alexander Graham Bell

Herman Hollerith

Walt Disney

Henry Ford
Igor I. Sikorsky

Glenn T. Seaborg

Kenneth H. Olsen

Chester F. Carlson


Polaroid Cameras

View from the Gallery

The Main Hall

Museum Entrance

Museum Entrance
Pictures by Leif G. Brisfjord


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Date, created: 08/07/2007Categories: Akron, Alfred Nobel, Celebrities, Chester Carlson, Engineering, Ernst Fredrik Werner Alexanderson , Exhibition, Glenn T. Seaborg, History, Invention, John Ericsson, John Ericsson Society of New York, Ken Olsen, Museum, Ohio, Picture, Propeller, USA
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