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James Franklin Hyde

Inventor James Franklin Hyde

Profession: Inventor

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Credited with creating the silicone industry in the 1930s, Hyde was directly responsible for the creation of both silicone and fused silica.

The latter has been used in aeronautics, advanced communications and computing. Hyde is thus rightfully recognized as the "father of silicones."

Born: March 11, 1903
Birthplace: Solvay, New York, United States
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: October 11, 1999 (aged 96)
Cause of Death: Natural causes

Events in the Life of James Franklin Hyde

  • 1942-02-10 American chemist James Franklin Hyde is granted a patent for fused silica
  • 1943-02-17 Dow Chemical and Corning Glass Works form a joint venture to explore and produce silicon materials, based off of the work of James Franklin Hyde

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