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Leo Hendrik Baekeland
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Born November 14, 1863
Died February 23, 1944(1944-02-23) (aged 80)
Occupation chemist/inventor
Known for plastics research, Bakelite, Novolac
Awards John Scott Medal (1910)

Leo Hendrik Baekeland (Ghent , November 14, 1863 – February 23, 1944) was a Belgian chemist. He invented Velox photographic paper (1893). He also made Bakelite (1907), an inexpensive, nonflammable, versatile, and popular plastic, which marks the beginning of the modern plastics industry.

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