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Julius Nieuwland
February 14 is the birthday of Julius Nieuwland. Nieuwland was a Belgian priest and chemist who discovered the first commercially successful artificial rubber, polychloroprene. This is better known by DuPont’s trademark name, neoprene. Nieuwland discovered he could polymerize acetylene into a rubber-like jelly of divinylacetylene. The story might have ended […]

Today in Science History – February 14 – Julius Nieuwland