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Leo Hendrik Baekeland
|Born||November 14, 1863
|Died||February 23, 1944
Beacon, NY, USA
|Known for||plastics research, Bakelite, Novolac|
|Awards||John Scott Medal (1910)|
Leo Hendrik Baekeland (Gent , 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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