- THE MAGAZINE
When the U.S. passed the Clean Air Act of 1970, three innovators at Corning Glass Works, now Corning Inc., rose to the challenge of reducing automotive pollutants. This May at a ceremony held at the headquarters of Hewlett-Packard Co., leading corporate sponsor of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, it was announced that Rodney D. Bagley, Irwin Lachman and Ronald M. Lewis would be inducted in recognition of their patents for the ceramic substrate for the catalytic converter. While at Corning, this team led the effort to develop the technology for the world's first significant pollution control for automobiles. In the past, automotive manufacturers relied on engine modifications to alter emissions, but today every automotive company in the world relies on cellular ceramic technology to reduce these pollutants.
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