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Last weekend, at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, scientists, mathematicians, engineers and doctors, Noble Prize winners, professors and other intellectuals came to honor a living legend in the field of science, Dr. James West.

At the age of 80, West has dedicated 60 years of his life to the advancement of science and to provide opportunities for minorities and women in the field of science.

West has over 250 patents, but his most significant invention is the electret microphone, which he along with German scientist, Gerhard Sessler invented in 1961. To this date the electret microphone has been made over a billion times and is used in cell phones, cameras and many other devices.

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