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National Inventors Hall of Fame announces 2008 inductees
Date:2/14/2008

Washington, D.C. (February 14, 2008)Continuing its commitment to honor invention and innovation, the National Inventors Hall of Fame has recognized the next group of world-class inventors who will be inducted into its ranks. This years influential class includes inventors such as Nick Holonyak, Jr., who invented the first visible LED; Calvin Fuller, Gerald Pearson, and Daryl Chapin, who together created the first practical solar cell that converted solar energy into electrical power; and Amar Bose, whose pioneering work in acoustics technology is developed at the company that bears his name.

The 2008 group includes seven living inventors whose accomplishments have had a large impact on us through how they have improved our lives. Medical devices, cell phone use technology, an anti-fungal drug, and textile improvements are just a few of the areas where their influence can be seen.

The 2008 class of inductees:

LIVING

  • Ruth Benerito: Wrinkle-free cotton
  • Amar Bose: Audio technology
  • Nick Holonyak, Jr.: LED (light emitting diode)
  • Erna Hoover: Computerized telephone switching
  • Amos Joel, Jr.: Switching concept for cellular phones
  • William Murphy, Jr.: Medical devices, including blood bag, disposable medical trays
  • Kenneth Richardson: Fluconazole (anti-fungal drug)

POSTHUMOUS RECOGNITION

  • Robert Adler: Television remote control
  • John Charnley: Hip replacement surgery
  • Willem Einthoven: Electrocardiograph
  • Calvin Fuller, Gerald Pearson, Daryl Chapin: Silicon Solar Cell
  • Clarence Kelly Johnson: Aircraft
  • Ray McIntire: Styrofoam® brand foam
  • Malcom McLean: Containerized shipping
  • Harold McMaster: Tempered glass
  • David Pall: Filtration technology

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