OBE for British Inventor of hte Year
Added: (Sun Jun 03 2001)
Pressbox (Press Release) -
3rd June 2001
British Inventor of the Year awarded OBE
On 5th June 2001, Jeff Woolf, 41, will be awarded the unique honour of an OBE for services to innovation and business at Buckingham Palace.
His MicroMap invention, a credit card sized map and information system, has won 23 national and international awards including British Invention of the Year, the Brussels EUREKA Award, UNESCO 50th Anniversary Innovation Award, The BP/NatWest Innovation Award and the Millennium Award in Nov 1999. The development of MicroMap is featured in the Science Museum.
On hearing about the award, Rudi Vis, MP for Golders Green and Hendon, commented: “I am delighted that Jeffrey Woolf has been awarded an OBE. I went with him on one of his visits to the DTI to discuss various projects and they requested advice and assistance as soon as they heard what Mr Woolf had to offer. It is crucially important for our economy that inventors are being celebrated and Mr Woolf is amongst the finest”
On how he got his idea, Jeff says, “ I was stuck on a mountain in a blizzard watching skiers in freezing, windy weather conditions, take off their gloves to get at the soggy piste maps in their pockets. I knew there had to be a better way! With Micromap, credit card sized maps are read by slipping them into a viewer no bigger than a cigarette packet which re-magnifies them 40 times. They can be used in all weather conditions, with or without gloves.”
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Jeff’s name was put forward for an honour during a Parliamentary debate on innovation, where a MicroMap system was passed around for MPs to look at.
The commercial success of MicroMap is undisputed with 300000 sold around the world, so far. Products include maps of UK, European and USA city centres, UK and USA roads, and joint ventures with the AA (walking and cycling guides to Britain), Ordnance Survey (walking areas such as Dartmoor, Snowdonia and the Peak District) and USA National Parks.
The maps have also found a military use as organisations such as the SAS have tested MicroMap technology to help them in their bomb disposal operations.
Jeff, the grandson of the Jif lemon inventor, is now involved with developing cutting edge anti-hacking software and is continuing to work on other inventions including one which offers a massive improvement to home security and a hugely innovative product to enhance child safety. He also offers his services as an independent innovation consultant and is an advisor to the DTI on innovation issues. As a Board member of Institute of Patentees and Inventors, he is in regular demand on the lecture / speaker circuit.
For further information, please contact:
Jeff Woolf Tel: 079 6880 0253
Micromap Website: www.jeffwoolf.com , orders www.minimap.co.uk
Jeff Woolf, OBE