The National Inventors Hall of Fame, located at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., on May 1 inducts its Class of 2013 – "legendary inventors whose innovations and entrepreneurial endeavors have changed the world." The Hall, founded in 1973, is closing in on 500 inductees, including networking/computing innovators such as Robert Metcalfe (Ethernet) and Vint Cerf (Internet), as well as non-computer technology types, such as Orville and Wilbur Wright (for more on tech industry honors, read this story). Here are 2013's inductees.
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