Les Paul Inducted to Inventor Fame Hall
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Electric guitar pioneer Les Paul was one of 14 people inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame this year.
Paul invented the solid body electric guitar in 1946, and his Gibson Guitar Corp. model is one of the best-selling instruments in the industry. The 89-year-old Wisconsin native is widely renowned for his recording techniques.
Paul also has won five Grammy Awards.
Other inventors inducted on Saturday included Dr. Alec Jeffreys, who invented genetic fingerprinting, and Robert Gundlach, who has earned more than 150 patents and invented the modern photocopier.