Two members of the Washington University in St. Louis community have been named National Academy of Inventors fellows.
The NAI Fellows Program recognizes academic inventors whose innovations have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.
The two new Washington University honorees are Jerome R. Cox Jr. and Jack H. Ladenson.
Cox is senior professor emeritus in computer science and engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering. As the first chair of the Department of Computer Science, he was instrumental in building its international reputation for biomedical computing applications and computer networking. Cox pioneered the use of small computers in biomedical research.
Ladenson is the Oree M. Carroll and Lillian B. Ladenson Professor of Clinical Chemistry in Pathology and Immunology and professor of clinical chemistry in medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is widely known for the development of quick and accurate lab tests for heart attack diagnosis. More recently, his team has pursued diagnostic tests to detect kidney and brain damage.
Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors.