National Inventors Hall of Fame

The National Inventors Hall of Fame was established in 1973 to honor the individuals who conceived, patented, and advanced the great technological achievements since the birth of our nation. The Hall of Fame is located in Alexandria, Virginia on the campus of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a founding partner of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

A supporting organization of Invent Now, Inc., the National Inventors Hall of Fame maintains an annual tradition of selecting Inductees through a process that accepts nominations from all sources and relies on a panel of experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and patents to screen, vet, and make final selections.

The criteria for Induction into the Hall of Fame requires candidates to hold a United States Patent that has contributed significantly to the nation's welfare and the advancement of science and useful arts.


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STEM Ed Initiatives: 

Hall of Fame and Museum:

Invent Now operates the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum located in the atrium of the Madison Building at the headquarters of the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA. The National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum incorporates five engaging elements: Hall of Fame, Museum, Portrait Gallery, Theatre, and Museum Store.

  • The Hall of Fame features a display of the 460 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees. Large panels present the names of all Inductees, and an interactive kiosk allows visitors to learn more about each Inductee. The Hall of Fame and kiosk shares with visitors the significance of the inductees’ life-changing work and also the importance of their induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. In addition, Invent Now develops exhibits for the Museum which rotate on a yearly basis.
  • The Portrait Gallery features digital electronic portraits of United States Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison; famous inventor Thomas Edison; National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees Helen Free, developer of self-testing for diabetics, and Steve Wozniak, the inventor of the personal computer and co-founder of Apple Computer; and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos.
  • The gallery portraits, through the magic of computer-generated special effects spontaneously come to life, interactively engaging in humorous banter that highlights the history and growth of America's intellectual property system. The high-definition video exhibit was produced for the USPTO by the Invent Now Studio and Aperture Films.

NIHF School:

Invent Now partnered alongside Akron Public Schools, The University of Akron, and the City of Akron on the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) School focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for middle grades 5–8. The school is located at 199 South Broadway in Akron, Ohio, and opened September 1, 2010. The NIHF School is currently operating with grades 5-7. Grade 8 will be added in 2011-12 to complete the middle school with grades 5-8. The School is being recognized nationally as a model for STEM education.

  • Visiting Inductee Program: National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees have been involved with the planning and evolution of the school since the project’s inception in 2003. The Visiting Inductee Program provides funding for Inductees to participate in problem-based learning with NIHF School students both on-site and through distance learning. In 2009-2010, Inductee Jim West kicked off the Visiting Inductee Program, working with students to solve a problem involving the acoustics in the new NIHF School building. West visited the students, meeting with every student in a small group setting, answering their questions about sound, and challenging them to think of additional ideas. West also addressed the students as a group, speaking about the process of invention and answering questions from the students about his life and work. NIHF School students were thrilled with the opportunity to meet with West, whom they had been studying for several weeks in advance.

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