PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - The creators of the lap-and-shoulder seat belt, the process used in laser eye surgery and a machine that reads text to the blind were among 16 people named to the National Inventors Hall of Fame on Thursday.
The inventors of an early computer, aspirin and modern steel production also were in the new class of inductees, announced in a ceremony at Hewlett-Packard Co. headquarters in Palo Alto. They are to formally join the 168 other inventors in the Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio, on Sept. 21.
Each of the inventors has "helped shape the lifestyles we live today," said Donald Keck, president of the Hall of Fame's foundation.
The new inductees are:
The posthumous additions are:
The National Inventors Hall of Fame was founded in 1973 by the U.S. Patent Office and the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations.(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)