The Class of 2016

Each year, the National Inventors Hall of Fame drives American ingenuity by recognizing individuals whose inventions have made significant contributions to modern society. We’ve created the interactive, easy-to-follow tool below to help illustrate the impact that this year’s Inductees have on our lives. Simply tap/roll over on the hexagons to unlock the inspiration.

These mirros help unravel the mysteries of the universe. Lightweight Mirrors for Astronomical Telescopes. Two of these astronomical mirrors can be found in the telescope on Mt. Graham in Arizona. -Roger Angel
Together they powered the e-reading revolution. Electronic Ink. Over 70 million e-readers have been shipped worldwide. -JD Albert, Barrett Comiskey, Joseph Jacobson
Tiny chip effects worldwide change. Insulated Gate Bipolar Transister. Saved consumers $24 trillion by reducting gasoline consumption by over 1.5 trillion gallons and eletricity usage by over 75,000 TWhrs. -Bantval Jayant Baliga
Routing technology helps Internet go viral. Robust Network Routing and Bridging.  Played a key role in driving the growth and development of the Internet with her Spanning-Tree Protocol (STP) algorithm. Her contributions also helped make Internet routing reliable and scalable. -Radia Perlman
Contributed to the growth of the Internet. Signal Processing in Telecommunications. Helped turn the Internet into a global industry by improving the entire field of telecommunications. His work led to many significant advances such as voice-band modems, DSL and digital video. - Victor Lawrence
Launced a new way of thinking about computers. Sketchpad.  The genesis of a mutibllion-dollar industry.  Sketchpad pioneered the way for human-computer interaction. -Ivan Sutherland
Dental implants worth smiling about. Modern Dental Implant.  Improved the quality of millions of people's lives around the world. Implants are now commonly used in knee and join replacements, prostheses for the head and face, veterinary applications and even bone-anchored hearing aids. -Per-Ingvar Branemark.
Carbon fibers take off in aerospace. High-Performance Carbon Fibers. A chance discovery that revolutionised the field of materials scince and became a multibillion-dollar-a-year industry. -Roger Bacon
Setting the food safety standard. Microbiological Food Safety and Testing. Invented a highly accurate method of testing egg yolks which has greatly reduced the risk of salmonella poisoning worldwide. -John Silliker, Welton Taylor
It's rubber, revolutionized. Butyl Rubber. Originally used by the U.S. government during WWII, Butyl Rubber is still used today for tire inner tubes, motor mounts, sealants, tank and pond liners, and similar applications. -William Sparks, Robert Thomas.
This took the sting out of allergic reactions. EpiPen® Auto-Injector. Most prescribed epinephrine auto-injector in the U.S. for more than 25 years. -Sheldon Kaplan
This water work helped inspire the Hoover Dam. Water Strage and Flood Control. Strong's water irrigation and conservation techniques eventually helped inspire the Hoover Dam and significantly contributed to the develpment of Southern California as a major agricultural region in the U.S. -Harriet Strong

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