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Re: 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.

CoFounders.pngCongratulations 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!


Esteemed congratulations to Jeff and Dr. T on this long past due recognition. As a 29-year user of LabVIEW (since v. 2 on Mac-only) I must say that I made a career out of LabVIEW - Ph.D., Alliance Partner, Certified Instructor, FIRST Robotics mentor... I only wish I could attend the Gala, since I now live in D.C. (during the week, at least). But alas, and most fittingly, I will be teaching LabVIEW Core 1 & 2 at an onsite for NI that week. 


Enjoy the spotlight and THANK YOU FOR LabVIEW!! 


Dr. T and Jeff K,

Congratulations on a very well deserved award.

Like many others, I embarked on a career (actually 3) based on your innovative product LabVIEW and the hardware for acquisition and instrument control. It has been my distinct pleasure to know both of you since we first met in Jan 1990 during the week that LabVIEW 2.0 launched on the Mac.


Now, almost 30 years later, I am still drawing LabVIEW code, still innovating using the tools you developed to enable engineers like me to solve problems much faster than with traditional coding methods.


Again, please accept my sincerest respect for your accomplishments and the recognition of your innovation embodied in this Hall of Fame induction.




Doug Wilson

Congratulations Jeff K. and Dr. T. !

Thank you for this great invention called LabVIEW! I got to see it in action for the first time on Mac, LabVIEW 2.0 and saw the potential of using it for measurement and control systems I needed to develop at CERN for testing accelerator components.


The activity has grown over the last 30 years to a team of 20 people, recognised as a LabVIEW Center of Excellence in 2017. We created hundreds of systems for component testing for the LHC and built a software framework for commissioning the LHC used at each startup or component replacement. We trained over one hundred people in LabVIEW during their short term contracts in the section and they have spread the knowledge to other institutes and companies.


Thank you again for this invention and congratulations with your Hall of Fame induction.


Best regards,

Adriaan Rijllart