19 Innovators to be Inducted as 2019 Class of the National Inventors Hall of Fame

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — In conjunction today with Thomas Edison’s birthday and National Inventors Day, the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), announces it will induct 19 innovation pioneers for their world-changing inventions on May 1-2 during the Greatest Celebration of American Innovation®.

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  • This year’s Class of Inductees includes innovators such as Chieko Asakawa (Home Page Reader), Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson (UNIX Operating System), Rebecca Richards-Kortum (Medical Devices for Low-Resource Settings), and Joseph Muhler and William Nebergall (Stannous Fluoride Toothpaste), just to name a few. To view the full list of 2019 Inductees, visit

The two-day event will feature:

  • Illumination Ceremony, May 1: The ceremony will take place at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum at the USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. This intimate event gives the 2019 Inductee Class the opportunity to place their personalized illuminated hexagons into the Gallery of Iconsexhibit, forever commemorating their Induction into the Hall of Fame. Although this private event is open to the media, it is not open to the public.
  • 47th Annual National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, May 2: This black-tie event will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Danica McKellar — star of the TV show “The Wonder Years,” Hallmark Channel regular, mathematician and author — will serve as master of ceremonies. The general reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with the formal dinner and awards ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. The night will conclude with an Innovation Celebration After Party at 9:30 p.m., where guests will have the opportunity to meet the 2019 Inductees.

“The National Inventors Hall of Fame honors the innovation game-changers who have transformed our world,” said NIHF CEO Michael Oister. “Through inventions as diverse as life-saving medicines and web browsers for the visually impaired, these superhero innovators have made significant advances in our daily lives and well-being.”

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About the National Inventors Hall of Fame
The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) is the premier nonprofit organization in America dedicated to recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Founded in 1973 in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, NIHF is committed to not only honoring the individuals whose inventions have made the world a better place, but to ensuring American ingenuity continues to thrive in the hands of coming generations through its national, hands-on educational programming and collegiate competitions focused on the exploration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate. For more information, visit To nominate an inventor for Induction, visit

Ken Torisky
National Inventors Hall of Fame

Chieko Asakawa - Home Page Reader


Jeff Kodosky and James Truchard, Virtual Instrumentation – LabVIEW™


Rebecca Richards-Kortum - Medical Devices for Low-Resource Settings


Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie - UNIX Operating System


David Walt - Microwell Arrays


William J. Warner - Digital Nonlinear Editing System




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