Inventors of Barcode to be Inducted into Inventors Hall of Fame

Recently, the National Inventors Hall of Fame announced the latest selection of people to be inducted for their creation of technologies that we still use use today.

Among those chosen were Joe Woodland and Bernard Silver, who designed the first optically scanned barcode in 1948. From its modest start on a pack of JuicyFruit gum, the barcode has become a staple in our world, allowing billions of transactions to occur each day.

The induction ceremony will take place on May 4 at the former site of the Patent Office Building, now the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. This location was selected since many of the inventors had to go to this very building to apply for their patent.