Inventors Hall of Fame inductees have ties to UI

University of Illinois Nobel Prize winner Paul Lauterbur can add another honor to his list – membership in the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio.

Lauterbur, one of the key developers of magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, was among the inductees to be announced today by the inventors hall, which honors women and men responsible for technological advances that make human, social and economic progress possible.

Other inductees included Peter Mansfield, the British scientist who received a Nobel with Lauterbur in 2003 for his own work on MRI. Mansfield is a former post-doctoral researcher at the UI. They join inventors of such technology as automotive air bags, the magnetic disks used in computers and soft contact lenses in the hall's 2007 class.

New members are selected annually from a field of people nominated by peers and the public and vetted by the hall's selection committee, which includes representatives from leading national scientific and technical organizations.

Past inductees have included John Bardeen, the late UI professor who developed the transistor and won the Nobel twice, as well as Alexander Graham Bell of telephone fame, frozen foods technologist Clarence Birdseye, electric guitar pioneer Les Paul, John Deere, Walt Disney, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

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