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Frederick M. Jones

An orphan from Cincinnati with only an eighth-grade education, Frederick M. Jones received 60 U.S. patents before his death in 1961. From the portable X-ray machine to the automatic movie-ticket dispenser, Jones’ unparalleled brilliance was rightfully rewarded with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation — one of the highest honors an inventor can receive.

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