|Leo Hendrik Baekeland|
November 14, 1863|
February 23, 1944 (aged 80)|
Beacon, New York, USA
|Known for||plastics research, Bakelite, Novolac|
|Awards||John Scott Medal (1910)|
Leo Hendrik Baekeland (Ghent , November 14, 1863 – February 23, 1944) was a Belgian chemist. He invented Velox photographic paper (1893). He also made Bakelite (1907), an inexpensive, nonflammable, versatile, and popular plastic, which marks the beginning of the modern plastics industry.
References[change | change source]