I didn't recognize them either.
The Evan Hansen article noted earlier opens with a list of the fourteen 2015 inductees into the (U.S.) National Inventors Hall of Fame. He let's us know that we're in good company if we don't recognize any of their names. Of course I had to look them up, and sure enough among these inductees we can find:
In other words, these are people whose work has had a significant impact on our lives, but who beyond their own professional communities are almost totally unknown. Hansen credits Zeynep Tufekci for coining the term "field-dependent fame" which I suppose is simply an elegant way of saying "niche". And if these significant people are unknown, maybe rather than being famous, not being recognized is something we should strive for.
- the inventor of the X-Ray Spectrometer
- the developers of commercially reproducible artificial skin
- the chief researcher and developer of the first transgenic plants
- the inventor of a graphical calculator that simplified and reduced the work of electrical engineers
- the inventor of a waterproof diaper cover
- the developer of Bluetooth Wireless Technology
- the inventors of polarization-control technology used in products such as projection televisions, front-projection displays, and most 3D digital cinema installations
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