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Inventor of Super Glue dies at 94

KINGSPORT, Tenn.

inventor of Super Glue dies at 94

Harry Wesley Coover Jr., 94, known as the inventor of Super Glue, died Saturday (March 26, 2011) at his home in Kingsport, his grandson said Sunday. Mr. Coover was working for Tennessee Eastman Co., a division of Eastman Kodak, when an accident helped lead to the popular adhesive being discovered, according to the grandson, Adam Paul of South Carolina. An assistant was distressed that some brand new refractometer prisms were ruined when they were glued together by the substance. In 1951, Mr. Coover and another researcher recognized the potential for the strong adhesive, and it was first sold in 1958, according to the Super Glue Corp.'s website. Cyanoacrylate, the chemical name for the glue, was first uncovered in 1942 in a search for materials to make clear plastic gun sights for World War II. But the compound stuck to everything, which is why it was rejected by researchers, the website said. President Barack Obama honored Mr. Coover in 2010 with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

VACAVILLE, Calif.

Explosive device in paper injures man

A Northern California man who went outside to retrieve a newspaper from his driveway Sunday morning was injured when a device hidden inside the paper exploded, authorities said. The blast around 10:20 a.m. forced the evacuation of about 50 surrounding homes in Vacaville, which is located between San Francisco and Sacramento. It wasn't clear if the man was the target of the device, a city spokesman said. The man had not been identified, and the extent of his injuries was unknown.

Elsewhere

Rome: Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday visited the Ardeatine Caves on the outskirts of Rome to pray at the memorial to victims of a 1944 massacre that was one of the worst atrocities by German occupiers in Italy during World War II.

San Diego: A sailboat capsized off San Diego on Sunday, leaving two men dead and seven people injured, authorities said.

Associated Press

Inventor of Super Glue dies at 94

03/28/11 [Last modified: Monday, March 28, 2011 12:32am]

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