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Baekeland, Leo Hendrik

Born: 1863 AD
Died: 1944 AD
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.