Harry Wesley Coover Jr., Inventor of Super Glue, Dies at 94

The man who invented Super Glue died at the age of 94 on Saturday night from congestive heart failure at his home in Kingsport, Tenn.

Dr. Coover discovered super glue accidentally in 1951 when he was experimenting with acrylates for use in clear plastic gun-sights during World War II. He gave up because they stuck to everything they touched.  Later, after his team ruined expensive lab equipment with the substance, Dr. Coover saw an opportunity.  Seven years later, Eastman 910 (super glue) hit the market.

In 2010, Dr. Coover was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by Obama for his invention of “cyanoacrylates – novel adhesives known widely to consumers as ‘super glues’ – which today play significant roles in medicine and industry.




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