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Mar282011

Inventor of Super Glue Dies at 94

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(KINGSPORT, Tenn.) -- Harry Wesley Coover Jr., the inventor of Super Glue, passed away over the weekend at his Kingsport, Tennessee home.  He was 94.

Coover came up with the idea for the adhesive during his time working for Tennessee Eastman Company.  While there, he took notice of new refractometer prisms that were accidentally glued together and saw that as an opportunity to create the product that came to be known as Super Glue.

The ultra-powerful adhesive with a vast variety of uses, technically known as cyanoacrylate, has since become a staple in kitchen drawers as well as businesses.  Physicians and veterinarians have even been known to use Super Glue to close wounds when sutures aren't available.

Last year, Coover was honored at the White House with the National Medal of Science.

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