Florida’s storied past of innovation includes such household names as Thomas Edison and Henry Ford who fathered our state’s unique culture of creativity and exploration. Through various partnerships, we aim to preserve their legacy and foster an environment where inventors are celebrated for their significant contributions to the betterment of society.

National Academy of Inventors

Headquartered at the University of South Florida, the National Academy of Inventors® is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and nonprofit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. Learn more at

Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame honors and celebrates inventors whose achievements have advanced the quality of life for Floridians and impacted our state and nation. By encouraging scientific discovery, it supports a culture of creativity that fuels innovation, drives economic growth and encourages investment in Florida. Learn more  at at

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