The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation invites you to a special Innovative Lives program featuring African American inventor Dr. Lonnie Johnson at the National Museum of American History on Thursday, February 2, at 6:30 p.m. Location: Between 12th and 14th Streets NW on Constitution Ave. NW – enter Constitution Ave. doors and program will be in the first floor, west wing’s Coulter Performance Plaza. See attached Flyer.


Best known as the inventor of the popular Super Soaker water gun and his work on high-performance Nerf dart guns, Dr. Johnson has received more than a hundred patents, including next-generation battery technology and other inventions related to clean energy. Economist Dr. Lisa Cook will lead a conversation with him about his fascinating engineering career, ranging from his work at Oak Ridge National Lab, the U.S. Air Force, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab to his work today as president and CEO of Johnson Research and Development Co., Inc., in Atlanta. After the program, guests will have the opportunity to talk with Dr. Johnson informally during a light reception as well as to enjoy inventive hands-on activities in the Lemelson Center’s Spark!Lab.


Free program registration at


Best regards,



Monica M. Smith

Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation

Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

Smithsonian Institution | National Museum of American History

P.O. Box 37012, MRC 604, Washington, DC 20013-7012

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