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Inventing America: From Football Games to the Gas Pump

Inventor and entrepreneur Delegate Joe T. May will present “Inventing America: From Football Games to the Gas Pump” at the Science Museum of Virginia’s Lunch Break Science program on Wednesday, July 30th from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Delegate Joe T. MayWith 24 patents granted and three pending, this former Virginia Legislator has more patents than anyone in the General Assembly since Thomas Jefferson. Inventions credited to May include football’s superimposed yellow line yard marker as seen on television, an instrument for measuring octane on gasoline pumps, the Sigma Signer signature reproduction machine and much, much more.

“May’s innate curiosity and quest for knowledge embody the spirit of invention that has shaped our world,” says Richard Conti, Chief Wonder Officer, Science Museum of Virginia. “His work has not only improved our quality of life, but has inspired the next generation to question their world.”

From a love for science that started in his youth, May’s passion continued through to his electrical engineering degree at Virginia Tech to founding his own company, Electronic Instrumentation and Technology (EIT), in 1977. In 1994, May became a member of the House of Delegates and over the course of his two-decade tenure, acted as the resident technology expert in the Virginia General Assembly. As a member of the Science and Technology committee in one of the nation’s leading states for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workforce, May’s nontraditional approach to problem-solving sets the standard for the future of advancement and invention.

Grab lunch and join Delegate May on Wednesday, July 30th from noon - 1:00 p.m. for Lunch Break Science at the Science Museum of Virginia. Free to the general public. Seating is limited. No pre-registration is required.

For more information, visit or call 804.864.1400.

Article by: Terri Rose, Director, Communications and Curiosity, Science Museum of Virginia