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Walt Disney Inducted Into Inventors Hall Of Fame

The National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation has inducted Walt Disney into the Inventors Hall of Fame. Disney was recognized for his creation of the multiplane camera, which yielded better looking, richer animation. The National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation Selection Committee, comprised of representatives from national scientific and technical organizations, votes each year to select the most qualified inventors from those proposed in open nominations. The criteria the committee takes into consideration is whether the invention is covered by a U.S. patent, the invention's contribution to the nation's welfare and the extent to which it promotes the progress of science and useful arts. Joining Disney in the Class of 2000 will be personal computer pioneer Steve Wozniak, wireless radio communication pioneer Reginald Fessenden, dip-and-read tests for urinalysis creators Alfred Free and Helen Murray Free, fused silica and silicones inventor J. Franklin Hyde and titanium and zirconium processing scientist William Kroll. Thomas E. Smith, president of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation said, "While we are certainly celebrating the outstanding individuals who are being inducted, we also wanted to focus on the inventor in everyone. Few people will attain the level of fame of this year's inductees. What's important is not the final outcome, but rather, the route to invention -- the process of open-minded investigation.'' Inventure Place, which houses the Hall, is located in Akron, Ohio, U.S.A. and will hold an induction ceremony for the new members in September.

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