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[beyk-land; Flemish bah-kuh-lahnt]
  1. 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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  • Baekeland was a Belgian chemist, born at Ghent in 1863 and professor at Bruges.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson

  • Bakelite is a substitute for hard rubber or amber, invented by the eminent chemist Dr. Baekeland.

baekeland in Science


  1. 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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