Find out what the National Inventors Hall of Fame is.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame was founded in 1973 on the initiative of H. Hume Matthews, then-chairman of the National Council of Patent Law Associations (now called the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations).The United States Patent and Trademark Office became a co-sponsor the following year.
A foundation was created in 1977 to administer the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Its purpose is to honor inventors who conceived the great technological advances which contributed to the nations welfare. Usually the recognition is for a specific patent. Thomas A. Edison (18471931), the first inductee, was honored for his electric lamp, United States patent number 223,898, granted January 27, 1880.