Wisconsin Technology Council: Tech Council unveils poster charting long history of Wisconsin innovation

Contact: Liz Stephens or Tom Still at 608-442-7557


CHICAGO – A full-color, wall-sized poster detailing more than 100 of Wisconsin’s most notable inventions and innovations was released at the international BIO convention in Chicago.


Entitled “Innovative history; inspiring future: Wisconsin’s technology and entrepreneurial milestones,” the poster reinforces Wisconsin’s long history as a state on the cutting edge of technological advancement and entrepreneurism. 


The poster details Wisconsin “firsts” that have occurred throughout the state’s history beginning with George Esterly’s 1844 invention of the harvesting machine in Janesville.  Among some of Wisconsin’s most famous inventors and inventions which are listed on the poster include:  Christopher Latham Sholes, who invented the typewriter; Harry Steenbock, whose lab work helped cure rickets; Les Paul, who invented the electric guitar; Conrad Elvehjem, who discovered niacin; Larry Landweber, who contributed to the development of the Internet, and Dr. James Thomson, the first scientist to isolate and culture human embryonic stem cells. 


“The poster illustrates how Wisconsin has always been on the forefront of research, innovation and invention,” Tech Council President Tom Still said. “While Wisconsin has long been recognized as a leader in agriculture, fewer people realize that Wisconsin scientists are among the world’s most skilled in such fields as biomedical engineering, nanotechnology and molecular biology. Our base of discovery continues to pay dividends – and lead to more innovation.”


A limited supply of posters are being distributed free of charge to BIO ’06 attendees thanks to the generous sponsorship of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, University Research Park and Mason Wells Private Equity. Still said the poster is designed to remind BIO attendees of Wisconsin’s prominence in biomedical research and other innovation.


“One of the few things Wisconsin isn’t good at is emphasizing its achievements. We intend to change that,” Still said.


To order a copy of the poster for $12, including shipping and handling, contact the Wisconsin Technology Council at (608) 442-7557 or e-mail [email protected]