Chemist who became the first person to grow a synthetic diamond according to a reproducible process and using a press of his own design while working at GE. The company went on to make a fortune with his synthetic diamond reproduction invention but all he got in addition to his regular salary was a $10 Savings Bond.
He decided to work for General Electric in fourth grade.
He was a bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a church mission to southern Africa.
A devoted Mormon, he had seven children, 35 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren.
Charles Coffin founded the General Electric Company, which financed his diamond-making business.