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Accidental inventor of Super Glue dies at 94, lives to see Super Glue iPhone app



If you had to make a list gadgets you could not live without, Super Glue would be on that list. Who hasn't used Super Glue or something like it? I mean MacGyver saved entire countries with some Super Glue and a paper clip in about six different shows. sgh2_l.preview.jpgThe chemical name for the famous sticky stuff is cyanoacrylate and it was accidentally invented by Harry Wesley Coover Jr. while working at the Tennessee Eastman Co., a division of Eatman Kodak. It was first sold as a glue in 1958.

Over the weekend Mr. Coover died Saturday at his Kingsport, TN home. He was 94. Not only did he invent one of the most famous gadgets on Earth, he lived to see an iPhone app made just for the proper selection of various Super Glue products. In 2010 President Barack Obama honored Mr. Coover with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Click here for a full story by the Associated Press.

And here's an interview with Mr. Coover, made on the day he received his National Medal of Technology and Innovation award. He even talks about the Original Super Glue Guide iPhone app, designed to tell you which Super Glue product is the right one for the materials you're trying to bond. Few people have left such an impact on the lives of so many. The next time you're using Super Glue to save a shattered posession, think of Mr. Coover. May he rest in peace.


[Last modified: Monday, March 28, 2011 10:53am]


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