European Inventor Hall of Fame

Innovation shapes our world. Seven top finalists and winners of the European Inventor Award illustrate just how diverse and far-reaching innovation’s impact can be.

  • Ann Lambrechts

    Ann Lambrechts, Belgium

    Engineer with concrete benefits

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  • Benedetto Vigna

    Benedetto Vigna, Italy

    The man behind the Wii™

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  • Farouk Tedjar

    Farouk Tedjar, France

    Method for recycling batteries

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  • Jaap Haartsen

    Jaap Haartsen, the Netherlands

    Bluetooth technology

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  • J. Tøpholm and team

    J. Tøpholm and team, Denmark

    Hearing-aid innovators

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  • Jason Chin with Oliver Rackham

    Jason Chin, United Kingdom with Oliver Rackham, Australia

    Re-engineering protein synthesis

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  • Josef Bille

    Josef Bille, Germany

    Laser surgery pioneer

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European Inventor Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame is a travelling exhibition that honours outstanding creativity and innovation among the finalists and winners of the European Inventor Award. Seven innovators and innovation teams, whose work exemplifies invention’s sweeping impact, have been selected for recognition.

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The exhibition’s first stop was the Deutsches Museum in Munich.

From 20 March it runs in the Città della Scienza in Naples, Italy:

Città della Scienza
via Coroglio, 104 e 57
80124 Napoli
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Ann Lambrechts - Concrete benefits

By adding short steel fibres to wet concrete, Belgian engineer Ann Lambrechts, has transformed building construction and design. Her simple invention was a breakthrough that strengthened concrete, slashed costs and opened up new architectural possibilities.

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Benedetto Vigna - The man behind the Wii™

The 3D motion sensor in your smart phone, laptop and computer game controller is likely thanks to Benedetto Vigna. The inspiration for his robust yet sensitive sensor came from an unusual place: the Japanese Pagoda!

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Farouk Tedjar - Treasure from trash

Millions of lithium-ion batteries which power our cell phones, laptops and MP3 players are thrown away each year. Farouk Tedjar's safe, green, low energy process recovers 98% of the valuable - and toxic - metals they contain.

Tedjar film preview (JPG)

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Jaap Haartsen – Father of Bluetooth

Dutch engineer Jaap Haartsen found a revolutionary way to connect electronic gadgets to each other at short range without the use of cables, using a variety of low-power radio frequencies.

Haartsen film preview (JPG)

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J. Tøpholm and team – Hearing-aid innovators

Jan Tøpholm, Søren Westermann and Svend Vitting Andersen have revolutionized hearing-aids to bring sharper sounds to the growing numbers of people around the world suffering from hearing loss

Topholm film preview (JPG)

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Jason Chin – Re-engineering protein synthesis

Biochemist Jason Chin has re-programmed human cells to make new customised proteins. These, in turn, will lead to new ways to treat diseases and revolutionise our understanding of our biology.

Chin film preview (JPG)

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Josef Bille – Laser surgery pioneer

Winner of the 2012 European Inventor Award for Lifetime Achievement, Professor Bille's pioneering work in the field of laser eye surgery has produced groundbreaking innovations that have corrected the sight of millions of people worldwide.

Bille film preview (JPG)

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