‘Inventing in America’ showcases advancements that changed the world
Modern life hinges on our ability to connect instantly with people and information anywhere on the planet. A single Corning invention – telecommunication-grade optical fiber – makes it all possible. The backbone of communications today, fiber carries voice, data, and video around the world, with nearly limitless capacity. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is recognizing this impact by Corning innovators in a new exhibit called “Inventing in America.”
More than 70 objects on display in the museum’s new Innovation Wing help explore the ways key inventions influenced the past and maintain a role in the current world. Corning’s invention sits alongside Alexander Graham Bell’s experimental telephone from 1876, an Apple I computer representing the dawn of the PC era, and the first digital-camera sensor that helped launch an explosion of high-quality personal photos and videos.
“This exhibit puts Corning in great company,” John Igel, vice president and general manager, Corning Optical Fiber and Cable, said. “What’s exciting for us is that our invention is very much a living piece of history.”