GPS Inventors Join Hall of Fame


The two men who brought GPS online are among this year’s inductees to the National Inventors Hall of Fame, along with the inventors of SuperGlue and the sewing machine. Ivan Getting, who died last year, conceived the idea of a Global Positioning System while working at Raytheon during the 1950s. Bradford Parkinson, now a professor emeritus at Stanford University, served as the first director of the government’s NAVSTAR GPS Joint Program Office from 1972-78, overseeing the conception, development and implementation of GPS. “GPS has revolutionized the concept of finding out where something is,” Parkinson said. Every year, the National Inventors Hall of Fame honors the men and women whose work has changed society and improved the way we live. The 2004 class will be inducted on May 1 at a ceremony in Akron, Ohio.