Waldo Semon

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Birthday
10, 1898
Birthplace
Demopolis, AL
Death Date
May 26, 1999 (100)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
10, 1898
Birthplace
Demopolis, AL
Death Date
May 26, 1999 (100)

About

Chemist who created the second-most common form of plastic: polyvinyl chloride - PVC, or more simply, vinyl. He won the Charles Goodyear Medal in 1944 and the Elliott Cresson Medal in 1964.

Before Fame

He was attempting to coat metal with rubber, trying a synthetic version of rubber, when he decided to experiment with PVC, discovering it was elastic and quite durable.

Trivia

His new material was inexpensive and very versatile, going into everything from shock-absorbers to electrical insulation.

Family Life

He was born in Demopolis, Alabama and moved with his family to Washington state at age of 7.

Associated With

Almost 100 years before him, an Englishman by the name of Alexander Parkes created the world's first plastic, paving the way for Semon and others.