European Inventor Hall of Fame
Ann Lambrechts, Belgium
Engineer with concrete benefitsLearn more
Benedetto Vigna, Italy
The man behind the Wii™Learn more
Farouk Tedjar, France
Method for recycling batteriesLearn more
Jaap Haartsen, the Netherlands
Bluetooth technologyLearn more
J. Tøpholm and team, Denmark
Hearing-aid innovatorsLearn more
Jason Chin, United Kingdom with Oliver Rackham, Australia
Re-engineering protein synthesisLearn more
Josef Bille, Germany
Laser surgery pioneerLearn more
Ann Lambrechts - Concrete benefits
By adding short steel fibres to wet concrete, Belgian engineer Ann Lambrechts, has transformed building construction and design. Her simple invention was a breakthrough that strengthened concrete, slashed costs and opened up new architectural possibilities.
Benedetto Vigna - The man behind the Wii™
The 3D motion sensor in your smart phone, laptop and computer game controller is likely thanks to Benedetto Vigna. The inspiration for his robust yet sensitive sensor came from an unusual place: the Japanese Pagoda!
Farouk Tedjar - Treasure from trash
Millions of lithium-ion batteries which power our cell phones, laptops and MP3 players are thrown away each year. Farouk Tedjar's safe, green, low energy process recovers 98% of the valuable - and toxic - metals they contain.
Jaap Haartsen – Father of Bluetooth
Dutch engineer Jaap Haartsen found a revolutionary way to connect electronic gadgets to each other at short range without the use of cables, using a variety of low-power radio frequencies.
J. Tøpholm and team – Hearing-aid innovators
Jan Tøpholm, Søren Westermann and Svend Vitting Andersen have revolutionized hearing-aids to bring sharper sounds to the growing numbers of people around the world suffering from hearing loss
Jason Chin – Re-engineering protein synthesis
Biochemist Jason Chin has re-programmed human cells to make new customised proteins. These, in turn, will lead to new ways to treat diseases and revolutionise our understanding of our biology.
Josef Bille – Laser surgery pioneer
Winner of the 2012 European Inventor Award for Lifetime Achievement, Professor Bille's pioneering work in the field of laser eye surgery has produced groundbreaking innovations that have corrected the sight of millions of people worldwide.