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Open Access History of the National Academy of Inventors

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Although the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) is still very young, it is not too soon to reflect upon its history. It is and always will be a future-oriented organization, but history is where the future begins. As a curator and historian of science and technology, I felt uniquely privileged to have joined the board of the National Academy of Inventors soon after its founding. What better way to observe in real time and to feel part of that early history (if only in a small way)? While memories and the excitement of creation are still fresh, I asked NAI founder Paul Sanberg to sit down with me to share his thoughts on the academy's genesis. What follows incorporates the results of that interview along with some historical reflections on the relationship between invention and academia.

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Keywords: ACADEMIC INVENTION; AMERICAN INVENTORS; HISTORY OF INVENTION; INNOVATION; INVENTION; NATIONAL ACADEMY OF INVENTORS; NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES; U.S. PATENTS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2017

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  • Technology and Innovation, edited and published by the National Academy of Inventors, is a forum for presenting information encompassing the entire field of applied sciences, with a focus on transformative technology and academic innovation. Regular features of T&I include commentaries contributed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and in-depth profiles of Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors in every issue.

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