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."
- 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
- J. Franklin Hyde - Lemelson-MIT