Florida Inventors

Hall of Fame



2014 Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees
Press Release


Join us for the Inaugural Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Gala
on September 10, 2014 in Tampa, Florida
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About the Hall of Fame

The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame honors and celebrates those inventors whose achievements have advanced the quality of life for Floridians, our state and our nation.

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. By commending the incredible scientific work being accomplished in the state of Florida, our state will attract interest, funding, and further the growth of our innovation sector. The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, located at the University of South Florida, Tampa, is now in its inaugural year.

The Advisory Board of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame comprises outstanding, eclectic leaders and inventors from public corporations, private businesses, research universities, nonprofit institutes, governmental agencies, and other areas.

Honorees are selected annually through a nomination process open to all inventors in the State of Florida. The nominations are reviewed by a Selection Committee made up of distinguished experts in relevant fields of innovation. Nominees elected to the Hall of Fame are inducted at an annual ceremony, where their achievements are honored and their influence on society acknowledged and celebrated. The first induction ceremony will be held on September 10, 2014.

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"To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk."

Thomas A. Edison

Leadership

ADVISORY BOARD

The Advisory Board of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame comprises outstanding, eclectic leaders and inventors from public corporations, private businesses, research universities, nonprofit institutes, governmental agencies, and other areas.


Name Affiliation
Randy E. Berridge, President Florida High Tech Corridor Council
Jeffrey P. Brandes, Senator Florida Senate, 22nd District
Curtis R. Carlson, President & CEO SRI International
Kathy Castor, Congresswoman Florida’s 14th Congressional District
Anthony James Catanese, President Florida Institute of Technology
Jonathan M. Ellen, President & Physician-in-Chief All Children’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Margaret Focarino, U.S. Commissioner for Patents U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Kenneth Ford, Founder & CEO Institute of Human & Machine Cognition
Judy Genshaft, President University of South Florida System
William Scott Green, Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education University of Miami
John Hitt, President University of Central Florida
Richard A. Houghten, Founder, CEO & President Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies
Richard Jove, Institute Director Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida
Alan List, CEO Moffitt Cancer Center
Michael A. Marletta, President & CEO The Scripps Research Institute
Arthur Molella, Director Lemelson Center at the Smithsonian Institution
Ed H. Moore, President Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida
JoAnn Newman, President & CEO Orlando Science Center
Wit Ostrenko, President & CEO Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
Janet E. Petro, Deputy Director NASA - John F. Kennedy Space Center
Jeffrey Pridmore, Vice President of Technical Operations for Missiles and Fire Control Lockheed Martin Corporation
Grover C. Robinson IV, Commissioner and President-Elect Florida Association of Counties
Mark B. Rosenberg, President Florida International University
Dennis A. Ross, Congressman Florida’s 15th Congressional District
Paul R. Sanberg, President National Academy of Inventors
Sanjay Sesodia, President Florida Academy of Sciences
Mark Sharpe, Commissioner Hillsborough County, FL Board of Commissioners
James D. Shields, President & CEO The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
Michael Sittig, Executive Director Florida League of Cities, Inc.
Gillian Thomas, President & CEO Miami Science Museum
Kristiina Vuori, President & Interim CEO Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

2014 Selection Committee

Name Affiliation
Wendy Abberger, President Leadership Florida
Sharon A. Heise, Associate Director Institute for Human & Machine Cognition
David R. Makufka, Manager Technology Transfer, Kennedy Space Center
David P. Norton, Vice President for Research University of Florida
Gary K. Ostrander, Vice President for Research Florida State University
Paul R. Sanberg, Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation University of South Florida
M.J. Soileau, Vice President for Research & Commercialization University of Central Florida
Jack Sullivan Jr., CEO Florida Research Consortium

"There is far more opportunity than there is ability."

Thomas A. Edison

2014 Inductees

We welcome the 2014 Inaugural class of Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees

Honorees are selected annually through a nomination process open to all inventors in the State of Florida. The nominations are reviewed by a Selection Committee comprising distinguished experts in the relevant fields of innovation.

Nominees elected to the Hall of Fame will be inducted at an annual ceremony, where their achievements will be honored and their influence on society acknowledged and celebrated.

The inaugural Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Gala will be held on September 10, 2014 in Tampa, FL.

Robert Cade


Professor Emeritus,
University of Florida

Robert Cade

For the invention of Gatorade: popular sports drink and used to treat millions of people with dehydration diseases worldwide. ...read more

Thomas Edison


Inventor and
Businessman

Thomas Edison

For the invention of the phonograph, motion picture camera, long-lasting and practical electric light bulb, stock ticker ...read more

William Glenn


Professor Emeritus,
Florida Atlantic University

William Glenn

For the invention of HD-MAX camera and general contributions in the fields of high resolution imaging technology, electronic ...read more

John Gorrie


Inventor, Humanitarian,
Physician

John Gorrie

For the Invention of the ice-making machine and as a pioneer in the field of air conditioning and refrigeration. ...read more

Shyam Mohapatra


Distinguished Professor
University of South Florida

Shyam Mohapatra

For general contributions in the field of biomedicine, including the invention of the intranasal gene transfer technology ...read more

Shin-Tson Wu


Pegasus Professor of Optics
University of Central Florida

Shin-Tson Wu

For the invention of next-generation liquid crystal displays and general contribution in the field of adaptive optics, laser beam steering ...read more

"I am honored to accept your kind invitation... thank you for your commitment to honoring our inventors!"

Margaret (Peggy) Focarino - Commissioner for Patents, USPTO

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"I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you are going to innovate."

Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO of Amazon.com

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Nomination Instructions

Nominations are now closed for 2014

To nominate an individual for the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, the nominator should:

  1. Complete the online nomination form.
  2. Upload the nomination statement — provide a 1-2 page statement regarding the inventor, his/her invention(s), the impact and significance of their invention on the community, the State of Florida, and society as a whole.
  3. Upload the nominee's CV, resume, or short biography.
  4. Upload 2 letters of support.

Nomination Criteria:

  • Nomination is open to all Florida inventors (living or dead)
  • Must be a named inventor on a U.S. patent issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Must be or have been a resident of Florida and have completed a substantial amount of their inventive work while living and/or employed in Florida
  • The impact of the inventor and his/her invention(s) should be significant to society as a whole
  • The invention(s) were commercialized, utilized, or led to important innovations
  • Open to all inventors in Florida
  • No self-nominations

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."

Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.

Contact Us

We invite you to contact us with any questions or comments about our program.

Contact Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

William Nikolic, Ph.D.

Program Manager

Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

at the University of South Florida

3702 Spectrum Boulevard, Suite 165

Tampa, FL 33612-9445

Phone: (813) 974-1101

E-mail: info@FloridaInvents.org