Wayne Knox, a professor of optics at the University of Rochester is among the latest fellows to be elected to the National Academy of Inventors. He joins a group of 155 renowned academic inventors.

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Knox, who received his first patent as an undergraduate at UR, has been awarded 50 U.S. patents, and another 150 worldwide. Most recently, he co-invented a potentially game-changing way of noninvasively correcting vision using femtosecond lasers. Knox is known for his work in telecommunications and for his tenure as director of UR’s Institute of Optics. He joins fellow inventor Kevin Parker, William F. May Professor Engineering at UR, who was elected in as a NAI Fellow in 2016.

Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society. These inventors collectively have generated more than 9,400 licensed technologies and companies and created more than 1.3 million jobs, with over $137 billion in revenue generated based on their discoveries.

With the election of the 2017 class of inventors there are now 912 NAI Fellows, representing over 250 research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes. The 2017 fellows are named inventors on nearly 6,000 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective patents held by all NAI Fellows to more than 32,000 issued U.S. patents.

The 2017 class  will be officially inducted into the National Academy of Inventors in April 2018.