Monday, May 12, 2003

Ohio Moments


Teflon inventor raised on farm

On May 12, 1994, Dr. Roy J. Plunkett, an Ohio native who discovered Teflon, died in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Born in New Carlisle in 1910, Plunkett grew up poor on a farm. He attended Manchester College and received his master's and doctorate from Ohio State University.

He took a job as a research chemist with DuPont Jackson Laboratory in Deepwater, N.J. in 1936 and less than two years later discovered a white, waxy substance produced during a failed experiment. It proved to be the most slippery material known and DuPont trademarked it as Teflon.

Teflon has contributed to significant developments in aerospace, communications, electronics, industrial processes and architecture.

- Rebecca Goodman

E-mail rgoodman@enquirer.com or call (513) 768-8361.




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