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My Search for John Byron Plato

This continuation of the Patents Project focuses on the inventor of the Clock System map and rural directory.

Plato is one of 31 inventors profiled in a 164-page book, co-authored with four Syracuse University students. Supported by a National Science Foundation grant, the Directory includes short, one-paragraph capsule bios of 24 additional inventors.

A free copy of A Directory of Cartographic Inventors: Clever People Awarded a US Patent for a Map-Related Device or Method is available through SU's SURFACE (Syracuse University Research Facility and Collaborative Environment) website. To download a PDF file, click here. A paper copy can be ordered through Amazon.