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The Lemelson Foundation


Last profile update: 04/15/2018
Last grant data update: 08/03/2017

At A Glance

The Lemelson Foundation

1455 NW Overton St, 500

Portland, OR United States 97209-3363

Telephone: (503) 827-8910


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Other






Established in 1994 in NV - Founded by the late Jerome Lemelson and his family. An engineer, inventor and holder of over 600 patents, Mr. Lemelson holds the record as the third most prolific inventor in American history, surpassed only by Thomas Edison and Carleton Ellis.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives, by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention based enterprises to promote economic growth in the U.S. and social and economic progress for the poor in developing countries. Established by prolific U.S. inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy in 1992. To date the foundation has provided or committed more than $175 million in grants and PRIs in support of its mission.