Biography: Orville Redenbacher was an American businessman and food scientist, known for the Orville Redenbacher popcorn. He and his business partner Charlie Bowman developed an initial corn hybrid for use as this popping corn.
Redenbacher grew up on a family farm where he had an early interest in popcorn, selling it from his car. He then attended Purdue University and received a degree in agronomy.
While Redenbacher started out selling fertilizer, his experiments with popcorn eventually led to the partnership with Bowman. The company launched its popping corn under Redenbacher's name in 1970.