Sticky end for glue in­ven­tor

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

THE Amer­i­can man cred­ited with in­vent­ing Su­per Glue has died. He was 94. Harry Wes­ley Coover Jr was work­ing for Ten­nessee East­man Com­pany, a divi­sion of East­man Ko­dak, when an ac­ci­dent helped lead to the pop­u­lar ad­he­sive be­ing dis­cov­ered. An as­sis­tant was dis­tressed that some brand new re­frac­tome­ter prisms were ru­ined when they were glued to­gether by the sub­stance. In 1951, Coover and an­other re­searcher recog­nised the po­ten­tial for the strong ad­he­sive, and it was first sold in 1958, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s web­site.

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