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Celebrating Our Cofounders on National Inventors’ Day!

Monday, February 11, marks National Inventors’ Day in the United States. Designated by President Ronald Reagan to coincide with Thomas Edison’s birthday, it recognizes the enormous contributions inventors make to both the nation and our daily lives.


President Reagan’s 1983 proclamation still rings true:


“. . . inventors are the keystone of the technological progress that is so vital to the economic, environmental, and social well-being of this country.”


To celebrate, we’re spotlighting our very own cofounders, Jeff Kodosky (“The Father of LabVIEW”) and Dr. James Truchard (Dr. T). They are among 19 innovators inducted this year into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for their pioneering virtual instrumentation work with LabVIEW. Fellow 2019 honorees invented fluoride toothpaste, the portable electric drill, the Unix OS, and the first web browser for the blind.



Since Jeff and Dr. T introduced LabVIEW in 1986, engineers, scientists, and academics worldwide have used it to solve complex engineering challenges. Regarding its impact, Dr. T said it best:


“LabVIEW was developed to do for engineers what the spreadsheet did for financial analysts.”


The pair will be honored May 1 and 2, 2019 at a ceremony and gala in Washington, DC, hosted by the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. An exhibit celebrating this year’s class of distinguished inventors will also be on display at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum, housed at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.


We couldn’t be prouder of our cofounders and the spirit of innovation and discovery they have created here at NI.


Congratulations to Jeff and Dr. T, and thank you to all of the inventors—including our employees, customers, and partners—who accelerate innovation each and every day.


Happy Inventors’ Day!