Guess the Chemist (26)

  • DOI: 10.1002/chemv.201400008
  • Author: ChemViews
  • Published Date: 04 February 2014
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
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This person was born in Europe and undertook their studies there, including their Ph.D. However, it was for work carried out in the US that they made a name for themselves. Together with their chemistry skills, their entrepreneurial nature led them to patent over 55 discoveries through the course of their career.

By their mid-twenties, they had already developed new photographic materials and after moving to the US they invented photographic paper that could be developed using non-natural light. Later, in a bid to find a replacement for a natural resin, they discovered that upon mixing and heating two common chemicals they could produce a material that found applications in a wide range of everyday objects, such as radios, buttons, and telephones, and across a broad range of industries.

In old age, this person became more and more eccentric and eventually died in a sanatorium in New York, USA.

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