Florida inventors hall of fame issues call for nominations for inaugural class of inventors

Stefanie Botelho's picture
Monday, April 7, 2014

The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for its inaugural class of inventors whose achievements have advanced the quality of life for Floridians, the State of Florida, and the United States. The deadline for nominations is Jun. 2, 2014.

"We are excited to be selecting our inaugural class for the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, honoring and celebrating those who personify invention and innovation in the State of Florida," said Paul R. Sanberg, chair of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Advisory Board and president of the National Academy of Inventors.

Nominations to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame are open to all Florida inventors (living or dead) who have been residents of Florida and completed a substantial amount of their inventive work while living and/or employed in the State. The nominee must be a named inventor on a U.S. patent issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The impact of the inventor and his or her invention should be significant to society as a whole, and the invention should have been commercialized, utilized, or led to important innovations.

To nominate an individual for the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, visit http://FloridaInvents.org and complete the online nomination form. The nominations will be reviewed by a Selection Committee comprised of experts in the relevant fields of innovation. The inventors elected will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held Sep. 10, 2014, at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

"The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame encourages individuals of all ages and backgrounds to strive toward the betterment of Florida and society through continuous, groundbreaking innovation," said Sanberg, "and by commending the incredible scientific work being accomplished Florida, our State can further the growth of our innovation sector."

The Advisory Board of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame is comprised of leaders and inventors representing public corporations, private businesses, research universities, nonprofit institutes, and governmental agencies on a regional, state and national level.

The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame is located in the USF Research Park at the University of South Florida in Tampa. For more information contact info@FloridaInvents.org.

About the University of South Florida

The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference and is a Charter Member Institution of the National Academy of Inventors.