NORTH CANTON, OHIO — The National Inventors Hall of Fame is honouring brothers Cyril and Louis Keller as part of its 2023 class of inductees for their invention of the Bobcat skid-steer loader.
Sixteen innovation pioneers will be honoured as part of the 50th class of National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) Inductees. In partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), NIHF will honour the inductees on Oct. 26 at The Greatest Celebration of American Innovation. The event also will celebrate the 50th anniversary of NIHF’s founding in 1973, when Thomas Edison was the sole inductee, indicates a release.
Awarded posthumously, the Keller brothers played a key role in launching the compact equipment industry in the late 1950s and early 1960s with their invention of the world’s first compact loader, which became the Bobcat skid-steer loader, adds the release.
Other notable members of the Class of 2023 include:
- James A. Parsons Jr. (posthumous), a metallurgist who created corrosion-resistant, stainless steel alloy Durimet 20. Invented in the 1930s, the alloy is still widely used today in industrial processes that involve corrosive chemicals.
- Luis von Ahn, a computer scientist who co-invented the website security program CAPTCHA, or Completely Automated Public Turing test for telling computers and humans apart.
- Rory Cooper, a biomedical engineer whose innovations have improved manual and electric wheelchairs, and advanced the health, mobility and social inclusion of people with disabilities and older adults. His research has been informed by his own experience as a disabled U.S. Army veteran.
- Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman: Fundamental research by Karikó, a biochemist and Weissman, an immunologist, laid a critical piece of the foundation for the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
On Oct. 25 an Illumination Ceremony will be held at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum at the USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, Va., where new inductees will place their names on illuminated hexagons in the museum’s Gallery of Icons.
The 2023 National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held Oct. 26 at The Anthem in Washington, D.C., where the new inductee class will be honoured for its contributions.
For more information visit https://www.invent.org/induction.