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By NATASHA T. METZLER

February 08, 2007

Inventors of the MRI, the Ethernet, the LP record and a popular weedkiller are among 18 people picked for induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

The 2007 class of inductees, announced Thursday, join luminaries such as Thomas Edison, Velcro inventor George de Mestral and Charles Goodyear, developer of vulcanized rubber.

'Some of these inventors ... have literally changed the way we live our lives,' said Rini Paiva, spokeswoman for the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation. But, she added, 'They are not household names.'

Among the latest inductees and their inventions are:

_Paul C. Lauterbur, for the MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging.

_Robert M. Metcalfe, for high-speed networking known as Ethernet.

_the late Peter C. Goldmark, for the long-playing record.

_John E. Franz, for the herbicide Roundup.


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