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Leo Hendrik Baekeland

Baekeland, Leo Hendrik (1863–1944), Belgian-born chemist who, after emigrating to the United States in 1889, devised Velox photographic printing paper (selling the process to Eastman in 1899) and discovered Bakelite, the first modern synthetic plastic.

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