The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame gained six new inventors last week. Among the six were Thomas Edison, Gatorade inventor Robert Cade, and John Gorrie, the air conditioning pioneer who represents Florida in the U.S. Capitol Building. William Glenn, the inventor of NASA’s high definition camera; Shin-Tson Wu, liquid crystal display inventor, and Shyam Mohapatra, nano-HIV detection kit inventor will be joining the previous three inductees in Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. The ceremony and gala will be September 10, 2014 in Tampa.
The newly established Florida Inventors Hall of Fame is located at the University of South Florida. It is one of only seven state inventors’ hall of fame throughout America. Florida Senate recognized Florida Inventors Hall of Fame last April in the Hall of Fame’s role to honor outstanding Florida Inventors. Senator Jeff Brandes acknowledges the Hall of Fame’s “commitment to honoring inventors and celebrating innovation, discovery, and excellence.” Nominees must have at least one U.S. patent. They are then nominated through an open nomination process and elected by a selection committee. The selection committee is comprised of distinguished leaders in research and innovation throughout Florida.
The president of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council believes “Florida has become a national leader in research and innovation” and the inductees have “distinguished Florida both in the past and today.”