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Leo Baekeland

Portrait of Leo Baekeland in 1916.
Born Leo Henricus Arthur Baekeland
November 14, 1863
Ghent, Belgium
Died February 23, 1944(1944-02-23) (aged 80)
Beacon, New York, US
Occupation chemist/inventor
Known for plastics research, Bakelite, Novolac
Awards John Scott Medal (1910)
Willard Gibbs Award (1913)
Perkin Medal (1916)[1]
Franklin Medal (1940)

Well, it was kind of an accident, because plastic is not what I meant to invent. I had just sold photograph paper to Eastman Kodak for 1 million dollars.
Leo Baekeland
I was trying to make something really hard, but then I thought I should make something really soft instead, that could be molded into different shapes. That was how I came up with the first plastic. I called it Bakelite.
Leo Baekeland
Then I was president of the Bakelite Corporation from 1910 to 1930.
In 1893 I founded a chemical company which I ran until 1899.
I also served on many government committees.