Creators of super glue, the Dolby sound system and global positioning technology were among 20 National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees.
They will be inducted into the Akron-based hall on May 1.
The living honorees include Harry Coover, who invented super glue; Ray Dolby, creator of the hiss reduction system for recordings; and satellite-based GPS inventor Bradford Parkinson.
Also, Edith Flanigen, inventor of a molecular sieve; Charles Kelman, known for his work involving outpatient cataract surgery; and HIV diagnosticians Robert Gallo and Luc Montagnier.
Among the 13 deceased honorees are Vannevar Bush, inventor of the differential analyzer, a precursor to the computer; John Gibbon, creator of the heart-lung machine; and sewing machine inventor Elias Howe.
Inductees are selected by a committee including leaders in scientific and technical fields. The hall has more than 200 members.
Others inducted were:
- Frederick Banting, Charles Best and James Collip: Developed the method for treating diabetics with insulin.
- Wallace Coulter: Invented the modern automated blood test.
- Ivan Getting: Responsible for GPS systems.
- Lloyd Augustus Hall: Invested food preservatives.
- Bernard Oliver: Inventor of pulse code modulation, which allows today's technology components to speak in 1's and zeroes.
- Norbert Rillieux: Invented key sugar refining process.
- John Roebling: Famed suspension bridge architect.
- Claude Shannon: His "A Mathematical Theory of Communication" was suggested information could be stored and transmitted in binary form.
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