Monday, June 26, 2017

Waldo Semon: And vinyl was born!

Although German chemist Eugen Baumann is the one to be credited as the inventor of the polyvinyl chloride or PVC back in 1872, he never applied for a patent. We would have to wait until 1913 to see another German chemist, Friedrich Klatte, doing so while coming up with a new method of the polymerization of vinyl chloride using sunlight…
Quoted as saying “People thought of PVC as worthless back then. They’d throw it in the trash.”, Demopolis, AL-born researcher Waldo Lonsbury Semon who was working for the B.F. Goodrich company, invented plasticized polyvinyl chloride.
The first products from vinyl that he produced were golf balls and shoe heels. Today, hundreds of products are made from vinyl, including shower curtains, raincoats, wires, appliances,  paints, surface coatings and, of course, the vinyl record…
For his invention, Semon received United States patents #1,929,453 and #2,188,396 for the “Synthetic Rubber-like Composition and Method of Making Same; Method of Preparing Polyvinyl Halide Products.”.
He died on May, 05, 1998, aged 99…

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