Super Glue inventor dies at 94

By Kase Wickman
Sunday, March 27, 2011 21:42 EDT
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Harry Welsey Coover Jr., the inventor of Super Glue, died at home in Kingsport, Tenn. Sunday, the Associated Press reports. He was 94 years old.

He invented Super Glue in 1942, as a result of a laboratory accident. Coover was experimenting with making different clear plastics for gun sights at Tennessee Eastman Company, and discovered that cyanoacrolates adhered things together very effectively. Super Glue was introduced for retail sale in 1958.

President Barack Obama awarded Coover the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2010, and Coover was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2004.

Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman is a reporter for Raw Story. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and grew up in Eugene, OR. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Village Voice Media, The Christian Science Monitor, The Houston Chronicle and on NPR, among others. She lives in New York City and tweets from @kasewickman.
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