Thursday, May 16, 2002

inventors and patents

The National Inventors Hall of Fame has added 16 new members. Included amongst those inductees are John Presper Eckert Jr. and John Mauchly, developers of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (more commonly known as ENIAC), an ancestor to the modern computer.

The Hall of Fame was started in 1973 by the United States Patent Office and the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations. Their web site is nicely designed and contains information about the process of applying for a patent. They also have information about Camp Invention - intended for students in grades 2 through 6, and about the Collegiate Inventors Competition.