Harry Wesley Coover, Super Glue inventor, dies aged 94





Harry Wesley Coover, known as the inventor of Super Glue, has died. He was 94.

Mr Coover was working for Tennessee Eastman Company, a division of Eastman Kodak, when an accident helped lead to the popular adhesive being discovered.

Cyanoacrylate, the chemical name for the glue, was first developed in 1942 in a search for materials to make clear plastic gun sights for the Second World War.

But the compound stuck to everything, which is why it was rejected by researchers, according to the Super Glue Corp's website.

In 1951, Mr Coover and another researcher recognised the potential for the strong adhesive, and it was first sold in 1958. It has since been used to stick everything from skin to aircraft together.

President Barack Obama honoured Coover in 2010 with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation....




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