Roy J. Plunkett

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Birthday
26, 1910
Birthplace
New Carlisle, OH
DEATH DATE
May 12, 1994 (83)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
26, 1910
Birthplace
New Carlisle, OH
DEATH DATE
May 12, 1994 (83)

About

Chemist who accidentally discovered of one of the most popular materials ever used: Teflon, in 1938. For his revolutionary work he was inducted into both the Plastics Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Before Fame

An early interested in chemistry led him to a Ph.D. from Ohio State University, after which he joined DuPont to work in newer versions off their Freon refrigerant.

Trivia

Working with the refrigerant gas tetrafluoroethylene (TFE), he and his colleague discovered one canister where the gas solidified, and its chemical properties made it useful for a range of applications.

Family Life

He grew up in New Carlisle, Ohio.

Associated With

His polymer found its most famous use in coating cookware surfaces to make them non-sticky, and its name became used in describing the ability of the mobster John Gotti to avoid any charges sticking to him.