“Invented: WPI Patents Past and Present” exhibit now in Gladwin Gallery


Fri, Mar 15, 2013

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“Invented: WPI Patents Past and Present” exhibit now in Gladwin Gallery

This exhibit, in the gallery on the ground floor of Gordon Library, shows patents and invented objects of WPI founders, early trustees, alumni, faculty and students.  Informational posters explain the patent process, types of patents, and patent components.

Invented objects on display include a Washburn Shops drawing stand; loom models; fire sprinkler nozzles; ball valves; a medication injection device; some of the first mass produced integrated circuits and a recent circuit board; a bar made of a master aluminum alloy; and an arm orthosis.

Some of the featured inventors are Ichabod Washburn, Milton Higgins, Elwood Haynes, Atwater Kent, Howard Freeman, Dean Kamen, Edward Clarke, Diran Apelian, Helen Vassallo, Dan Gibson, Pam Weathers, Glenn Gaudette, Ki Chon, and Allen Hoffman.

The exhibit is open now and will run until October 31, 2013.  A reception will be held April 4th from 4:30 to 6 p.m.


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