15 People, Including 3 Women, Inducted Into 2014 Inventors Hall of Fame

PHOTO: Frances H. Arnold, honored for her work on the evolution of enzymes is seen in this undated handout photo.
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The inventors of 3-D printing, the first clean room, a faster athletic shoe and other inventions are being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame later this month.

The induction ceremony will take place May 21 in Alexandra, Virginia, at the United States Patent and Trademark Office campus in Washington, D.C.

Previous inductees include Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Mary Anderson, inventor of the windshield wiper, Ruth Benerito, who created wrinkle-proof cotton, and Beulah Louise Henry, inventor of the ice cream freezer.

Included in the 15 names of the 2014 inductees are three women, bringing the total number of females in the respected group to 24 out of 502 people.

Here are some of the 2014 inductees into the National Inventors Hall of Fame:

Foundation for lithium-ion batteries

PHOTO: Mildred Dresselhaus, honored for her work on super lattice structures and related carbon technologies that are used in lithium-ion batteries, is seen in this undated handout photo.
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Mildred Dresselhaus

Mildred Dresselhaus is recognized for her work on super lattice structures and related carbon technologies that are used in lithium-ion batteries.

Evolution of enzymes

PHOTO: Frances H. Arnold, honored for her work on the evolution of enzymes is seen in this undated handout photo.
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Frances H. Arnold

Frances H. Arnold will be honored for her work on the evolution of enzymes, enabling solutions in chemical engineering, bio-engineering, medicine, pharmaceuticals and energy.

Lighter, faster athletic shoe

PHOTO: Track and field coach William Bowerman, credited with inventing a lighter and faster athletic shoe, is seen in this undated handout photo from Nike, the company that he co-founded.
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William Bowerman

Track and field coach William Bowerman, credited with inventing a lighter and faster athletic shoe, is seen in this undated photo from Nike, the company that he co-founded. He will be honored posthumously.

Clean water

PHOTO: Ashok Gadgil is seen at a WaterHealth Center in Andhra Pradesh, India in this 2007 photo.
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Ashok Gadgil

Ashok Gadgil, director of the Energy and Environmental Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, is credited for solutions to provide clean water in developing nations.

Wireless communication

PHOTO: Actress Hedy Lamarr, pictured in 1943, and composer George Antheil, pictured in 1957, are credited with creating frequency hopping techniques that were important in the evolution of modern wireless communications.
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Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil

Actress Hedy Lamarr, pictured in 1943, and composer George Antheil, pictured in 1957, will be honored posthumously with creating frequency-hopping techniques that were important in the evolution of modern wireless communications.

Clean rooms

PHOTO: Willis Whitfield speaks by phone with someone inside an early model of the ultra-clean room he invented in 1962, in Albuquerque, N.M.
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Willis Whitfield

Willis Whitfield, honored posthumously, speaks by phone with someone inside an early model of the ultra-clean room he invented in 1962, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The first modern clean room has aided the manufacturing of modern electronic devices.

Computer technology

PHOTO: Howard Aiken, Benjamin Durfee, Frank Hamilton, and Clair Lake created the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator, which was the first large scale digital automatic calculator in the U.S.
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Howard Aiken, Benjamin Durfee, Frank Hamilton and Clair Lake

Honored posthumously, these four inventors created the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (ASCC or Mark I), the first large-scale digital automatic calculator in the U.S. and a precursor to modern computer technology.

3-D printing

PHOTO: Charles Hull is being honored for his invention of stereolithography, commonly known as 3D printing, which has become the basis of a new industry.
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Charles Hull

Charles Hull is being honored for his invention of stereolithography, commonly known as 3-D printing.

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