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Fascinating facts about Leo Baekeland
inventor of Bakelite  in 1907.
Leo Baekeland
 
AT A GLANCE:
Leo Baekeland never gave up his dream of creating a moldable polymer that would keep its form after it cooled. In 1907, his invention was the first synthetic plastic or Bakelite, as it was known, would be used, mass marketed, and used to make the outer casings of such objects as phones, radios, seats, and even toys. Source: Biography Shelf
Inventor: Leo Hendrik Baekeland
Leo Baekeland portrait derived from public domain
Criteria: First to invent. First to patent. First practical. Entrepreneur.
Birth: November 14, 1863 in Ghent, Belgium
Death: February 23, 1944 in Beacon, New York
Nationality: Belgian
Invention: Bakelite in 1907
Bakelite rotary phone casing derived from public domain
Function: noun / Trademark
Definition: Formed by the reaction under heat and pressure of phenol and formaldehyde, generally with a wood flour filler, it was the world's first completely synthetic plastic
Patent: 942,699 (US) issued December 7, 1909

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