National Inventors Hall of Fame Announces VoIP and Super Soaker Innovators Among 2022 Class

May 2, 2022by MarComm
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JTEC Energy is proud to announce that our founder, Dr. Lonnie Johnson, is being inducted this week into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

NORTH CANTON, OH – April 26, 2022 Press Release – Five innovation pioneers whose inventions range from cataract surgery to the modern automobile will be honored as part of the latest class of National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) Inductees.

In partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), NIHF will honor these Inductees on May 5, 2022, at one of the innovation industry’s most highly anticipated events — “The Greatest Celebration of American Innovation.

“As a nation, we innovate and we grow. Advancing innovation and entrepreneurship is critical to the future of our country, and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees inspire a culture of invention,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. “The Department of Commerce congratulates, and celebrates, NIHF’s 2022 class of Inductees.”

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The Class of 2022

Marian Croak: VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) Technology

Engineer Marian Croak has worked on advancing Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technologies, converting voice data into digital signals that can be easily transmitted over the internet. Her work has allowed VoIP to become a practical reality by enabling reliability and high quality. Today, VoIP technology is vital for remote work and conferencing, as well as personal communications.

Lonnie Johnson: Super Soaker
Engineer and entrepreneur Lonnie Johnson is the inventor of the Super Soaker, which became a best-selling toy generating well over $1 billion in sales over its lifetime. Johnson’s longtime research focuses on energy technology, and his work today includes advances in rechargeable battery technology and thermodynamic technology to convert thermal energy to electrical energy.

Dr. Patricia Bath: Laserphaco Cataract Surgery (Posthumous)
Ophthalmologist Patricia Bath invented a new device and technique to remove cataracts known as laserphaco. Different than phacoemulsification that uses ultrasound, it could perform all steps of cataract removal, including making the surgical incision, destroying the lens and vacuuming out the fractured pieces.

Carl Benz: Modern Automobile (Posthumous)
German engineer Carl Benz was the first to design a car around the internal combustion engine rather than adding an engine to an existing wagon or carriage, a critical insight in auto evolution. By integrating the engine, chassis and drive into a single entity, Benz set the standard for all future automotive design and engineering.

James Buchanan Eads: American Infrastructure and Defense (Posthumous)
James Buchanan Eads created a series of inventions during the 1800s that improved transportation and the military defense of the Mississippi River region. His widespread innovations were crucial to river salvage, the success of the Union Navy during the Civil War, and infrastructure and engineering that enabled major advances in commerce.

These five innovators join the 22 NIHF Inductees announced in 2020, as all 27 will be honored as the class of 2022 at the Annual National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Inductees announced in 2020 include:

Dr. R. Rox Anderson: Laser Dermatology
Sylvia Blankenship and Edward Sisler (Sisler, Posthumous): 1-MCP for Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Freshness

Dana Bookbinder, Ming-Jun Li and Pushkar Tandon: Bend-Insensitive Optical Fiber
Lisa Lindahl, Hinda Miller and Polly Smith: Sports Bra
James McEwen: Automatic Surgical Tourniquet
Mick Mountz, Peter Wurman and Raffaello D’Andrea: Mobile Robotic Material Handling for Order Fulfillment
Margaret Wu: Synthetic Lubricants
James Abercrombie and Harry Cameron: Blowout Preventer (BOP); (Posthumous)
Stewart Adams and John Nicholson: Ibuprofen (Posthumous)
Evelyn Berezin: Computer Systems for Business Use (Posthumous)
Edward W. Bullard: Hard Hat (Posthumous)
Floyd Smith: Modern Parachute (Posthumous)
Frank Zybach: Center-Pivot Irrigation (Posthumous)

The Celebration

The 27 Inductees in the class of 2022 will be honored at “The Greatest Celebration of American Innovation,” held in our nation’s capital. Danica McKellar — star of the TV show “The Wonder Years,” Hallmark Channel regular, and author of New York Times bestselling “McKellar Math” books — will serve as master of ceremonies.

May 4 – Illumination Ceremony at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum at the USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, where new Inductees will place their names on illuminated hexagons in the museum’s Gallery of Icons.

May 5 – The 2022 National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at The Anthem in Washington, D.C., where the new Inductee class will be honored for its contributions to society during an evening event including a black-tie dinner and ceremony. To learn more about the event, visit here.

“The National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony truly is ‘The Greatest Celebration of American Innovation’ — focusing on the brilliance of inventors, the excitement of invention and the incredible benefits they bring to society,” said Andrew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents and performing the functions and duties of the under secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and director of the USPTO. “The USPTO is proud to honor these innovators whose inventions have fundamentally changed our lives.”

“Innovation drives the worldwide economy forward and improves our quality of life. This is especially apparent given what we have experienced over the past 18 months. It’s why at the National Inventors Hall of Fame we are privileged to honor our country’s most significant inventors, who are giving the next generation the inspiration to innovate, create, and solve current and future problems,” said NIHF CEO Michael Oister.

Sponsors of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony include the USPTO, Qualcomm, PhRMA and Walgreens Boots Alliance.

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