National Inventors Hall of Fame Announces Snowmobile Innovator Among 2024 Class

Joseph-Armand Bombardier is posthumously honored for his invention of the Ski-Doo snowmobile.

Fifteen innovation pioneers whose inventions range from cancer treatments to theatrical technologies and special effects will be honored in the 2024 class of National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees.

Among them is Joseph-Armand Bombardier, posthumously honored for his invention of the Ski-Doo snowmobile.

The Ski-Doo was the first mass-produced snow machine, setting industry standards and launching snowmobiling as a sport and recreational activity.

In partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Hall of Fame will honor these Inductees on May 9 at one of the innovation industry’s most highly anticipated events: “The Greatest Celebration of American Innovation.” 

The National Inventors Hall of Fame Class of 2024 includes:

  • James Allison: Immune Checkpoint Blockade Therapy
  • Shankar Balasubramanian and David Klenerman: Sequencing-by-Synthesis (SBS)
  • Eric Betzig and Harald Hess: Photoactivated Localization Microscopy (PALM) 
  • Andrea Goldsmith: Adaptive Beamforming for Multi-Antenna Wi-Fi
  • Asad Madni: MEMS Gyroscope for Aerospace and Automotive Safety 
  • Lanny Smoot: Theatrical Technologies and Special Effects
  • Xiaowei Zhuang: Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (STORM)
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier: Snowmobile (Posthumous)
  • George Washington Murray: Agricultural Machinery (Posthumous)
  • Mary Florence Potts: Cold-Handle Sad Iron (Posthumous)
  • Alice Stoll: Fire-Resistant Fibers and Fabrics (Posthumous)
  • Jokichi Takamine: Adrenaline (Adrenalin®) (Posthumous)
  • Ralph Teetor: Cruise Control (Posthumous)

For biographies of each Inductee, visit https://www.invent.org/inductees/new-inductees.

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