National Inventors Hall of Fame

National Inventors Hall of Fame
Legal statusOrganization
Purpose"Honor[ing] the women and men responsible for the great technological advances that make human, social and economic progress possible."
Headquarters3701 Highland Park N.W.
North Canton, Ohio 44720
Region served
United States
603 inventors
Official language
AffiliationsInvent Now America

The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) is an American not-for-profit organization, founded in 1973, which recognizes individual engineers and inventors who hold a U.S. patent of significant technology. Besides the Hall of Fame, it also operates a museum in Alexandria, Virginia, sponsors educational programs, and a collegiate competition.[1]

As of 2020, 603 inventors have been inducted, mostly constituting historic persons from the past three centuries, but including about 100 living inductees.[2] Nominees must hold a U.S. patent of significant contribution to the U.S. welfare, and which advances science and useful arts.[3] The 2020 class included 22 inventors.

  1. ^ “National Inventors Hall of Fame”, Ohio History Central. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "National Inventors Hall of Fame".
  3. ^ National Inventors Hall of Fame. "Nominate". Retrieved March 9, 2017.

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