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Baekeland, Leo Hendrik

Born: 1863 AD
Died: 1944 AD, at 80 years of age.

Nationality: Belgian
Categories: Chemists


Leo Hendrik Baekeland was a Belgian-American chemist.


1863 - Born 14th of November in Belgium.


1882 - Studied at the University of Ghent and graduate with a doctorate in natural science.


1890 - Taught chemistry at Ghent and Bruges before emigrating to the USA.


1893 - Invented Velox photographic paper.


1907 - Invented the Bakelite an inexpensive, nonflammable, versatile, and popular plastic.


1909 - Discovered the first synthetic resin (named Bakelite after him) and established the Bakelite.


1910 - Established the Bakelite Corp for its manufacture.


1939 - The Union Carbide bought Bakelite Corp, and he retired to Florida.


1944 - Leo Hendrik died 23rd of February because of a cerebral hemorrhage in a sanatorium in Beacon, New York.





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