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Twenty inducted into Inventors Hall of Fame

Creators of super glue, the Dolby sound system and global positioning technology were among 20 National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees.
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/ Source: The Associated Press

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.