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Super Glue creator dead at 94

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Updated: March 29, 2011, 10:55 AM IST
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Super Glue creator dead at 94
Harry Coover's invention holds the world together.

New York: His invention holds the world together, but few know his name. Harry Coover, the inventor of Super Glue, has died at age 94, the local television station in his hometown reported Monday.

The chemist worked for decades for Eastman-Kodak, where he retired as vice president of the chemical division. Coover of Kingsport, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, WKPT television reported.

In the 1940s he was working with chemicals known as cyanoacrylates to develop artificial glass, when he was struck by its incredibly sticky properties. Years later, when again working with the chemical he realised its potential as an adhesive, and in 1958 Super Glue went on the market.

In addition to a host of household uses, the glue has also been used in manufacturing and in medicine, where it is used seal wounds. The alumnus of Cornell University and Hobart College in New York holds some 460 patents.

Last year, Coover was awarded the National Medal of Technology by President Barack Obama.

First Published: March 29, 2011, 10:55 AM IST
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