Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Inventors Of Valium And Electric Guitar To Be Honored

WASHINGTON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The inventor of Valium will be given a 21-pill salute on Thursday (Feb. 10).

Ninety-six-year-old Leo Sternbach, who invented the tranquilizer nicknamed “mother’s little helper,” will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame along with 13 others.

The Hall has been around since 1973 to honor the men and women who have promoted the progress of science, technology, and the economy.

Some of this year’s living inductees who’ll attend the event include guitarist Les Paul, who is the inventor of the modern electric guitar; Robert Gundlach, who invented the photocopier at Xerox; Dean Kamen, who invented the AutoSyringe; and Alec Jeffreys, who invented genetic fingerprinting.

Other inventors who will be inducted posthumously include: Clarence Birdseye, father of the frozen foods industry; and Garrett Morgan, who created the gas mask and the traffic signal.

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