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Well, it was kind of an accident, because plastic is not what I meant to invent. I had just sold photograph paper to Eastman Kodak for 1 million dollars. ---->>>

I was trying to make something really hard, but then I thought I should make something really soft instead, that could be molded into different shapes. That was how I came up with the first plastic. I called it Bakelite. ---->>>

In 1893 I founded a chemical company which I ran until 1899. ---->>>

I also served on many government committees. ---->>>

Then I was president of the Bakelite Corporation from 1910 to 1930. ---->>>


Nationality: Belgian
Born: November 14, 1863
Birthplace: Ghent, Belgium
Die: 02-23, 1944
Occupation: Inventor

Leo Henricus Arthur Baekeland FRSE(Hon) (November 14, 1863 – February 23, 1944) was a Belgian-American chemist. He is best known for the inventions of Velox photographic paper in 1893 and Bakelite in 1907. He has been called "The Father of the Plastics Industry" for his invention of Bakelite, an inexpensive, nonflammable and versatile plastic, which marked the beginning of the modern plastics industry (wikipedia)