Alexander Parkes

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Birthday
29, 1813
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jun 29, 1890 (76)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
29, 1813
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jun 29, 1890 (76)

About

English chemist who created the world's first plastic, which he called Parkesine. By the end of his career he held at least 66 patents on processes and products related to plastic.

Before Fame

He served as an apprentice to brass founders.

Trivia

He introduced his plastic material at an international exhibition and was able to predict many uses for the new material that are in line with how we use plastic today.

Family Life

He was the middle child of eight; his father made brass locks.

Associated With

He came up with a way to vulcanize and recycle rubber, which was very useful to tire maker Charles Goodyear.