The National Inventors Hall of Fame to Induct 15 Innovators in 2018 Class

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — In anticipation of Thomas Edison’s birthday and National Inventors’ Day on Feb. 11, the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), announces it will induct 15 innovation pioneers for their world-changing inventions on May 2-3during The Greatest Celebration of American Innovation.

This year’s Class of Inductees includes innovators such as Ching Wan Tang and Steven Van Slyke (OLED display technology), Stan Honey(football’s “yellow first-and-ten line”), Mary Engle Pennington (food preservation and storage), and Paul Terasaki (tissue typing for organ transplants), just to name a few. To view the full list of 2018 Inductees, visit here.

The two-day event will feature:

Illumination Ceremony, May 2: 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 2018 Inductee Class the opportunity to place their personalized illuminated hexagons into the Gallery of Icons™ exhibit, 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.

46th Annual National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, May 3: This black-tie event will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.Mo Rocca, “CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent and host of “The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation,” 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 2018 Inductees. This event is open to the public.

“The National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is truly The Greatest Celebration of American Innovation,” said NIHF CEO Michael Oister. “Our guests at this event — in the forefront of worldwide innovation, business and technology — will have the unique opportunity to meet and learn from the remarkable innovators in our Inductee Class of 2018.”

Follow the National Inventors Hall of Fame Facebook and Twitter pages on May 2-3 to receive updates from The Greatest Celebration of American Innovation in real time. Portions of the Illumination and Induction Ceremonies will also be streamed via Facebook Live.

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 www.invent.org.

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