Creator of Super Glue dies aged 94
HARRY Wesley Coover Jr, known as the inventor of Super Glue, has died at his home in Kingsport, Tennessee. He was 94.
Mr Coover was working for Tennessee Eastman Company when an accident resulted in Super Glue, according to his grandson, Adam Paul of South Carolina. An assistant was distressed that some brand new refractometer prisms were ruined when they were glued together, marking the invention of the popular cyanoacrylate adhesive.
President Barack Obama honoured Mr Coover in 2010 with the National Medal of Science.
Mr Coover was born in Newark, Delaware. He received a degree in chemistry from Hobart College in New York before getting a master’s degree and PhD, from Cornell.
A family memorial is planned for May.
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