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Per-Ingvar Brånemark inducted to the National Inventors Hall of Fame

News: Nov 20, 2015

 
Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark, creator of the dental implant, is now joining the likes of Alfred Nobel, Thomas Edison and Louis Pasteur in the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The U.S. institution pays homage to the world’s most prominent inventors and scientists and Per-Ingvar Brånemark will be honored at a large ceremony this spring.

Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark passed away at the end of 2014 and has now posthumously been inducted to the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He will be honored at a ceremony on May 5, 2016. His wife, Barbro Brånemark, who lives in Gothenburg is planning to travel to Washington, D.C. for the ceremony.
“I’ve been invited and will make the trip as long as I’m healthy. It’s a fantastic honor, especially if you consider the other inductees. The inductees are to have made great contributions to mankind and possess an American patent, and Per-Ingvar has several,” says Barbro Brånemark.

Worked closely

Barbro Brånemark worked closely with her husband for 40 years and she is happy and proud that Per-Ingvar has now been inducted to the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
“We worked incredibly closely with each other and it’s been a fantastic life journey. Since Per-Ingvar passed away in December last year, there have been many memorial symposia around the world. He received more attention and was more renowned abroad than in Sweden,” says Barbro Brånemark.

Known the world over

In 1965, Per-Ingvar Brånemark operated titanium screws into a patient for the first time. Titanium is a tissue-neutral material, which makes it possible for the bone cells to grow together with the implant surface when healing after the operation without intermediate tissue.
He became known the world over for discovering that the element titanium can be integrated with bone tissue through osseointegration, a term that he also coined. Brånemark’s major discovery not only lives on, it is being developed into ever better methods.

A routine procedure

Thanks to Per-Ingvar Brånemark, researchers in Gothenburg are world-leaders in osseointegration, which helps people worldwide. The method, which was first used for dental implants, has come to be further developed for use in other parts of the skeleton, such as joint or bone prosthetics.
“Of course, it’s fantastic to have come up with something that so many people have benefited from. Every dentist knows him and his discovery has become a routine procedure,” says Barbro Brånemark.

Sixth Swede inducted

The National Inventors Hall of Fame was founded in 1973 and is located on the campus of the U.S. Patent Office in Alexandria, Virginia. Together with Per-Ingvar Brånemark, there are 16 people from around the world who will be inducted and honored in 2016.

Besides Alfred Nobel, the Swedes previously inducted are Nils Bohlin (the three-point seatbelt), John Ericsson (the hot air engine and the propeller), Gideon Sundbäck (the zipper) and Ernst Alexandersson (a pioneer in radio development).

Per-Ingvar Brånemark received many well-respected awards and prizes over the years. Among others, he received the Söderberg Prize in 1992, known abroad as the “Little Nobel prize”, and in 2011 he was given the European Patent Office’s prize, the European Inventor Award in the Lifetime Achievement class.

Link to the National Inventors Hall of Fame: http://invent.org/

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