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Leo H. Baekeland

Bakelite Corporation

1909 - 1939

Chemicals & Industrial

1900 b. 1863
male
EducationTwoDegree
UndergraduateUniversity of Ghent
GraduatePhD, University of Ghent
Personal
Born-Died1863 - 1944
BirthplaceBelgium
RaceWhite
Era - 1900

In 1907, Baekeland invented a high-quality synthetic substance that would change the lives of individuals and businesses forever plastic (called Bakelite). Products produced with Bakelite were considered to be synonymous with high quality and durability essentially becoming the 1920s and 1930s equivalent of built with Intel Inside. Bakelite Corporation became the precursor to the formation of Union Carbide Corporation.