[ beyk-land; Flemish bah-kuh-lahnt ]
/ ˈbeɪkˌlænd; Flemish ˈbɑ kəˌlɑnt /
Le·o Hen·drik [lee-oh -hen-drik; Flemish ley-oh -hen-drik], /ˈli oʊ ˈhɛn drɪk; Flemish ˈleɪ oʊ ˈhɛn drɪk/, 1863–1944, U.S. chemist, born in Belgium: developed Bakelite.
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Leo Hendrik 1863-1944
[ bāk′lănd′ ]
Belgian-born American chemist who in 1907 developed Bakelite, the first plastic to harden permanently after heating. Originally used as an insulator, his invention proved to be a versatile and inexpensive material for manufacturing products such as telephones, cameras, and furniture.
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