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Fascinating facts about Charles Goodyear
inventor of Vulcanized Rubber in 1843.

Charles Goodyear
 
AT A GLANCE:
Rubber, so named because it could erase pencil writing, had long been considered a waterproofing agent, but in its natural state, it melted in hot weather and froze solid in the cold. After ten years of tireless work and abject poverty, Charles Goodyear perfects his process for "vulcanizing" rubber, or combining it with sulfur to create a soft, pliable substance unaffected by weather. Patented on June 15, 1844. Source: American Experience
Inventor: Charles Goodyear
Portrait of Charles Goodyear ©Vaunt Design Group
Criteria: First to invent. First to patent. First practical. Entrepreneur.
Birth: December 29, 1800  in New Haven, Connecticut
Death: July 1, 1860 in New York City, New York
Nationality: American

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