National Inventors Hall of Fame welcomes 2005 inductees

Washington, D.C. (May 13, 2005) -- Continuing its tradition of honoring invention and innovation, the National Inventors Hall of Fame welcomes its latest class of inductees.

Receiving the honor for 2005 are the inventors of items such as Valium, the solid-body electric guitar, frozen foods, and the photocopier.

The 2005 group includes six living inventors who represent accomplishments spanning from aviation safety and improved pharmaceuticals to identifying DNA and creating a more efficient office. Each one has created an innovation that has bettered many lives.

Formal induction ceremonies take place on Saturday, May 14th, and living inductees Donald Bateman (aircraft safety devices), Robert Gundlach (modern photocopier), Dean Kamen (AutoSyringe), and Les Paul (solid-body electric guitar) will be in attendance. Alec Jeffreys (genetic fingerprinting) will be represented by Kirk Bloodsworth, the first individual to be exonerated of a capital crime as the result of Jeffreys' work. Representing the 97-year old Leo Sternbach (Valium) will be his son Michael.

The eight deceased inventors receiving the honor have also advanced our society, with inventions as diverse as the creation of the traffic signal to the discovery of plutonium. Deceased inductees will receive additional recognition at a ceremony held on Friday, May 13th. The 2005 honorees are:


  • C. Donald Bateman: Ground Proximity Warning System--GPWS
  • Robert Gundlach: Modern photocopier
  • Alec Jeffreys: Genetic fingerprinting
  • Dean Kamen: AutoSyringe
  • Les Paul: Solid-body electric guitar
  • Leo Sternbach: Valium


  • Matthias Baldwin: Steam locomotive
  • Clarence Birdseye: Frozen foods
  • Leopold Godowsky, Leopold Mannes: Kodachrome color fil

Contact: Rini Paiva
National Inventors Hall of Fame

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