Leo Baekeland

Chemist Leo Baekeland

Profession: Chemist

United States of America

Biography: Known as the 'father of the plastics industry', Baekeland invented Bakelite, the first an inexpensive, nonflammable and versatile plastic. This kickstarted the modern plastics industry.

Born: November 14, 1863
Birthplace: Ghent, Belgium
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: February 23, 1944 (aged 80)
Cause of Death: Cerebral hemorrhage

Historical Events

  • 1909-12-07 Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry

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