Monday, 7 September 2009

100 Years On
Leo Bakeland was a chemist born in Ghent but emigrated to USA.
His first invention was Velox - a photographic paper which could be processed in artificial light. He sold it to Kodak for $1,000.000
Think that was a good reason to remember him? Then consider this: in 1909 he introduced the world to the results of his mixing carbolic acid with formaldehyde. He called it Bakelite and it is considered to be the first plastic.
Interested? Then get down to Somerset and visit the Bakelite Museum and I can guarantee that you will be surprised by many of the exhibits.
For more information you could do a lot worse than clicking HERE

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