New Jersey Inventors Hall of
Fame to Induct Nine Members February 15
NEWARK, Feb. 12 -The New Jersey Inventors Hall
of Fame, sponsored by New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, will
honor 16 New Jersey inventors for innovative and important inventions
on Feb. 15.
The inventions were created and patented while their inventors
lived and worked in New Jersey. Among this year's winning inventions
are: Colgate Total toothpaste, the "String Thing," and the
portable batting cage. The New Jersey Technology Council, Mount Laurel,
will also be honored for advancing technology-driven businesses.
The ceremony will take place from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at an
awards banquet in the Hazell Center Ballroom, NJIT, 323 Martin Luther
King Blvd. (NOTE: For more biographical data about inventors,
see NJIT web site, www.njinvent.njit.edu.
To cover the event or purchase tickets, contact the Office of Public
Harry Roman, who chairs the 2001 hall of fame and other
awards given out that night, says the honors fall into three main categories.
The Inventors Hall of Fame honors inventions which have made extraordinary
contributions to technology and human welfare. The "Inventor of
the Year," award recognizes important pieces of work; a "Special
Award" recognizes innovative or entrepreneurial work. Roman is
a senior technology consultant for Public Service Electric and Gas Company,
Hall of Fame Inductees
- Homer Z. Martin, Ph.D.(1910-1993) formerly of Westfield,
and Sun City, AZ, invented in 1942 with three other
chemical engineers at Standard Oil Development Company, formerly of
Linden, which is now Exxon, invented a process called fluid
catalytic cracking. Hailed as one of the last century's greatest inventions,
this 1942 chemical engineering breakthrough, helped transform crude
oil into high-octane gasoline. Other inventors on his team included
Eger V. Murphree, (1898-1962) formerly of Summit, who served
from 1947 to 1962 as president of Standard Oil;Charles W. Tyson, (1900-1977)
formerly of Summit, and Donald L. Campbell, Bay Head.
Historians say this invention was instrumental to the Allies'air victories
in World War II. They also credit it with ushering in the age of the
automobile and the development of other products from plastics to
- Harold S. Black, (1898-1983) formerly of Summit, invented
a theory to improve long distance telephone service while working
for Western Electric's West Street Labs, New York City, the forerunner
of Bell Telephone Laboratories. His theory has recently been applied
to fields such as biomechanics and bioengineering and used forenhancing
digital computers, artificial limbs, and more.
- Abdul Gaffar, Ph.D., Princeton, invented Colgate Total, the
nation's first antibacterial toothpaste that has been applauded for
its ability to help prevent the growth of plaque. Gaffar, vice president
for growth technology at Colgate-Palmolive, Piscataway, has
been with the company since the early 1970s.
- Arun Netravali, Ph.D.,Westfield, the president of Lucent
Technologies Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, has led the field
of digital technologies. He is known for inventing a mathematical
theorem to improve the quality of broadcast video signals.
- Gerald Ash, West Long Branch, a district manager for AT&T
Labs, Middletown, invented three dynamic routing schemes to
optimize telecommunications bandwidth.
- Former Ewing and Trenton resident Glenn A. Reitmeier,
now of Yardley, PA, invented a compression system for delivering
digital data via high definition television. Reitmeier has worked
at Sarnoff Corporation, Princeton since 1977.
Inventor of the Year
- J. Thomas Jennings, Mountainside, invented a plastic container
called the "Tip 'N Measure" that allows fluids to be dispensed
from a built-in measuring chamber.
- Philip Anderson, Ph.D., Madison, a professor of physics at
Ramapo College, Mahwah, invented an electronic security system
- Jack H. Winters, Ph.D., Middletown, a technology leader at
AT&T Labs, Research, Middletown, pioneered the application
of adaptive antenna arrays to cellular radio systems.
- The work of Jim Johnston, Morris Township, a technology
leader at AT&T Labs Research, Florham Park, enabled the
distribution of digital music over the Internet and digital radio.
- David Brown, North Brunswick, the founder of Zel Products,
Inc., East Brunswick, invented the "String Thing,"
a recyclable cardboard and string device for tying newspapers into
bundles for recycling.
- Fred Topinka, Allendale, the founder of Topinka Associates,
Rochelle Park, invented the "Safety Cage," a glow-in-the-dark
plastic light bulb cage which can help workers exit a construction
site during a power outage or emergency.
- Wellington Stockton Titus, (1872-1941), formerly of Hopewell,
invented the portable batting cage, after growing tired of chasing
fouled and missed pitches.
Advancement of Technology Award
The New Jersey Technology Council, Mount Laurel,
will be feted for advancing the interests of technology-driven businesses
in New Jersey. Underscoring the value of the NJTC to New Jersey's high-tech
industry are the 1,081 member companies that have joined since its establishment
NJIT is a public research university enrolling over 8,200
bachelor's, master's and doctoral students in 80 degree programs through
its five colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School
of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, the School of
Management and the Albert Dorman Honors College. Research initiatives
include manufacturing, microelectronics, multimedia, transportation,
computer science, solar astrophysics, environmental engineering and
science, and architecture and building science.
According to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine rankings,
NJIT has been America's most wired public university for three consecutive
years. U.S. News and World Report's 1999 Annual Guide to America's
Best Colleges ranked NJIT among the nation's top universities, and
Money magazine's most recent issue of Best College Buys rated
NJIT as the sixth best value among U.S. science and technology schools
and among the top 100 overall. In September 1999, Mademoiselle
ranked NJIT as the second most Internet-connected university in the