National Inventors Hall of Fame announces 2004 class of inventors

Washington, D.C. (February 11, 2004)--Continuing its tradition of honoring humanity's greatest inventors, the National Inventors Hall of Fame has recognized the next group of innovators who will be inducted into its ranks.

This year's class of inventors represents accomplishments in medicine, engineering, computing, and more. From the discovery and identification of HIV to the advent of GPS technology, and from accessible cataract eye surgery to advanced electronics, these inventors have truly bettered everyday lives through their work.

The 2004 class of inductees:

  • Frederick Banting, Charles Best, James Collip (posthumous): Insulin for diabetics
  • Vannevar Bush (posthumous): Differential Analyzer
  • Harry Coover: Superglue
  • Wallace Coulter (posthumous): Blood counter
  • Ray Dolby: Noise reduction systems
  • Edith Flanigen: Molecular filters for petroleum processing
  • Robert Gallo, Luc Montagnier: HIV isolation and diagnosis
  • Ivan Getting (posthumous), Bradford Parkinson: Global Positioning System--GPS
  • John Gibbon (posthumous): Heart-lung machine
  • Lloyd Hall (posthumous): Food preservation techniques
  • Elias Howe (posthumous): Sewing machine
  • Charles Kelman: Cataract eye surgery
  • Bernard Oliver, Claude Shannon (posthumous): Pulse Code Modulation
  • Norbert Rillieux (posthumous): Modern sugar refining
  • John Roebling (posthumous): Modern suspension bridge

    Every year, the National Inventors Hall of Fame honors through induction the men and women whose work has changed society and improved the way we live. Their vision, hard work, and creative drive have led to powerful new tools that shape the future while celebrating invention. The 2004 class will be inducted this year on May 1st at the annual induction ceremony held in Akron, Ohio.

    "We're pleased to honor such an outstanding group of individua

  • Contact: Rini Paiva
    National Inventors Hall of Fame

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