Atlanta 3/28/2011 11:51:34 PM
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Super Glue Inventor Harry Coover Dies at 94

Super Glue inventor Harry Wesley Coover has died. Coover passed away of congestive heart failure at his home in Kingsport, Tennessee on Sunday. He was 94.

Coover stumbled upon the idea for Super Glue in the early 50s when he discovered cyanoacrylate, the chemical name for the glue, had firmly glued together refractometer prisms. He made the discovery while working for Eastman Kodak. Super Glue was first sold to the public in 1958.

Coover, who went on to hold 460 patents, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2004.  He was honored for his work again in 2010 when he was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

Coover is survived by three children and four grandchildren.


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