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Gatorade inventor Robert Cade named to Inventors Hall of Fame

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Gatorade inventor Robert Cade

The late Robert Cade, the University of Florida professor who created Gatorade, has been inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

“We are thrilled to be announcing this charter class of outstanding inventors whose work has had such an impact on the lives of Floridians and the world,” said Paul R. Sanberg, chair of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Advisory Board and senior vice president for research and innovation at the University of South Florida, where the Hall of Fame is located.

“Our hope is that the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame will encourage individuals of all ages and backgrounds to strive toward the betterment of Florida and society through continuous, groundbreaking innovation,” Sanberg said.

The newly established Hall of Fame, one of only seven state inventors’ halls of fame throughout the U.S., was recognized last April with a resolution passed by the Florida Senate to honor outstanding Florida inventors. The resolution, adopted at the request of state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, recognized the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame “for its commitment to honoring inventors and celebrating innovation, discovery, and excellence.”

Nominees, who must have at least one U.S. patent, were nominated through an open nomination process and elected by a selection committee composed of distinguished leaders in research and innovation throughout Florida.

“Florida has become a national leader in research and innovation, and each of these inventors is an outstanding example of the creative thinking that has distinguished Florida both in the past and today,” said Randy Berridge, president of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and Hall of Fame Advisory Board member.

“Every new generation of scientists and inventors generates discoveries, economic growth and opportunity, not only for Floridians but for our nation and the world,” Berridge said.

For the University of Florida and the residents of Florida, the success of Gatorade has translated into more resources to support research. Since 1973, Gatorade has brought more than $200 million to the university, enabling the University of Florida to invest in countless research projects.

Gatorade has protected countless amateur and professional athletes from heat-related injuries and has treated millions of people with dehydration diseases worldwide. Now owned by PepsiCo, Gatorade is listed by Forbes magazine as one of the world’s 40 most powerful sports brands and has annual sales of more than $4 billion.

Other inaugural inductees are: Thomas Edison, the most prolific inventor in U.S. history with 1,093 patents; John Gorrie, the air conditioning pioneer whose statue represents Florida in the U.S. Capitol Building; William Glenn, inventor of the high definition camera for NASA; Shin-Tson Wu, next generation liquid crystal display inventor; and Shyam Mohapatra, whose nano-HIV detection kit provides a diagnosis in just 20 seconds.

All will be inducted at the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame inaugural Induction Ceremony & Gala on Sep. 10 in Tampa.