Nils Bohlin Inducted to Inventors Hall of Fame
The inventor of the 3-point safety belt and a former Safety Engineer at Volvo, Nils Bohlin, is an inductee to the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
The inventions of honorees span the fields of medicine, technology, the environment and automotive safety, and have all had a significant impact on the way people live.
"This year's class of inductees comprises some of the brightest minds of our time," said Donald Keck, president, National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame each year celebrates invention by honoring the men and women who have changed the way we live through their patented technologies that save lives and make human, social and economic progress possible.
The award doesn't mean instant marquee status. Winners receive a medal and recognition at the hall of fame's museum in Akron, Ohio.
"People know the gadgets that are part of our everyday life, but they don't know the name of the person who came up with the idea," said Keck. "For some reason, inventors aren't celebrities in our society."To date, 168 inventors have been recognized, often posthumously, by the hall. They include the famous, from Thomas Edison (the light bulb) and Eli Whitney (the cotton gin) to John Deere (the common plow) and Willis Carrier (air-conditioning), to the obscure, such as William Lear (the car radio), Willson Greatbatch (the pacemaker) and Andrew Moyer (the mass production of penicillin).
Bohlin invented the three-point automobile seat belt in 1962.
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