Leo Baekeland

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Date of Birth November 14, 1863
Place of Birth Belgium
Date of Death Feb 23, 1944 (80)
Horoscope Scorpio

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Leo Baekeland

Leo Hendrik Baekeland FRSE was a Belgian-born American chemist. He is best known for the inventions of Velox photographic paper in 1893 and Bakelite in 1907. He has been called "The Father of the Plastics Industry" for his invention of Bakelite, an inexpensive, nonflammable and versatile plastic, which marked the beginning of the modern plastics industry.

Born: Leo Hendrik Baekeland, November 14, 1863, Ghent, Belgium
Died: February 23, 1944, 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), Franklin Medal (1940)

About Leo Baekeland

Chemist who invented the first synthetic plastic, which he called Bakelite.

Before Fame

He already had his doctorate degree at 21.


He developed a new type of photographic paper and sold the rights to Eastman Kodak, for which he was paid $1 million.

Family Life

He fell in love with his professor's daughter and eloped with her to America.


He was awarded the Franklin Medal in 1940, which Thomas Alva Edison had also received in 1915.

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