"This year's group of inventors has influenced the way we live our lives day to day, " said Fred Allen, head of the Selection Committee for the National Inventors Hall of Fame. "It's an honor to nationally recognize their valuable achievements and contributions, as they truly exemplify innovation."
This year's inductees are an accomplished group:
Herman Affel (1893-1972), Lloyd Espenschied (1889-1986) Coaxial cable
While at AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1929, Affel and Espenschied invented coaxial cable. The cable advanced long distance telephone service, making it possible to carry thousands of simultaneous phone calls on long distance circuits.
Karl Bosch (1884-1940), Fritz Haber (1868-1934) Ammonia production process
The Haber-Bosch process has remained unchanged since the early 1900s, and is used today to manufacture thousands of tons of ammonia used worldwide in the production of fertilizer.
Willard Boyle (1924- ), George Smith (1930-) Charge-coupled device
The charge-coupled device (CCD) was key to advancing digital imaging technology, and can be found in most imaging devices including digital cameras, scanners and satellite surveillance.
Vinton Cerf (1943- ), Robert Kahn (1938- ) Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
Cerf and Kahn created the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) that allows the widespread use of the Internet. Cerf and Kahn are often referred to as the "fathers of the Internet."
Robert Gore (1937- ) ePTFE
Gore invented a new form of polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) widely known by the GORE-TEX
brand name. Valued by outdoor enthusiasts, GORE-TEX materials also have applications in medical, industrial, electrical and textile products.