l. hendrik baekeland

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Baekeland   (bāk'lānd')  Pronunciation Key 
Belgian-born American chemist who in 1907 developed Bakelite, the first plastic to harden permanently after heating. Originally used as an insulator, his invention proved to be a versatile and inexpensive material for manufacturing products such as telephones, cameras, and furniture.
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