Leo H. Baekeland
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.


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