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Wallace Hume Carothers
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Born (1896-04-27)April 27, 1896
Burlington, Iowa, United States
Died April 29, 1937(1937-04-29) (aged 41)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Illinois
Known for Invention of neoprene and nylon
Scientific career
Fields Organic chemistry
Doctoral advisor Roger Adams

Wallace Hume Carothers (/kəˈrʌðərz/; April 27, 1896 – April 29, 1937) was an American chemist and inventor. He was the leader of organic chemistry at DuPont. He is known for the invention of nylon.

Carothers went to the University of Illinois to study for his Ph.D. under Roger Adams. His degree was awarded in 1924. After receiving his Ph.D., he taught at several universities before joining DuPont. He was a group leader at the DuPont Experimental Station laboratory. The laboratory was near Wilmington, Delaware and it was where most polymer research was done.

He married Helen Sweetman on February 21, 1936. He died on April 28, 1937. His daughter, Jane, was born on November 27, 1937.

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