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Alexander Parkes

Person  Male  Born 29/12/1813  Died 29/6/1890

Categories: Science

Born Birmingham. Initially worked on improved methods of electroplating. 1856 patented Parkesine, a celluloid recognised as the first man-made plastic (chewing gum, shellac and natural rubber are all classified as plastics).

1866 he set up The Parkesine Company at Hackney Wick intending to manufacture Parkesine cheaply in bulk but this was not successful and closed in 1868. Died London.

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Alexander Parkes and Parkesine

First plastic in the world, known as 'parkesine', invented by Alexander Parke...

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