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Leo Hendrik Baekeland

Born November 14, 1863
Gent, Belgium
Died February 23, 1944(1944-02-23) (aged 80)
Beacon, NY, USA
Occupation chemist/inventor
Known for plastics research, Bakelite, Novolac
Awards John Scott Medal (1910)

Leo Hendrik Baekeland (Gent , November 14, 1863 – February 23, 1944) was a Belgian chemist. He invented Velox photographic paper (1893). He also made Bakelite (1907), an inexpensive, nonflammable, versatile, and popular plastic, which marks the beginning of the modern plastics industry.[1][2]