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Harry Coover

Born: 1917-03-06 - Died: 2011-03-26
Cause of Death:
Natural Causes

Death Summary: Coover died at his home in Kingsport, Tennessee of natural causes

Who was Harry Coover : Harry Coover was an inventor who created one of the most unique products in the 20th century - Super Glue. The inventor held over 460 patents, with Super Glue being his swan song.

Coover was born in Newark, Delaware and received his Bachele of Science from Hobart College. He would go on to earn his Master of Science and Ph. D from Cornell. After college he started working for Eastman Kodak, which is now simply referred to as Kodak.

The development of Super Glue started as an accident. He was given the task of creating clear plastic gun sights. This was when Coover discovered "cyanoacrylates", which is the scientific name for Super Glue. The compound was rejected, stating it was too strong. Coover would eventually come back to cyanoacrylates, testing it with jet canopies. Again, it was too stick. This time around, however, Coover tried to sell the idea of cyanoacrylates and sell it by itself. Kodak marketed the idea and released it as "Super Glue"

Coover stayed on with Kodak for many years, becoming the vice president of the company in 1973. He was known for wanting to push innovation, and make Kodak a place to release new things. Coover held over 460 patents in his lifetime, with a number of them seeing release.

Coover accumulated many awards for his accomplishments and inventions. He is survived by two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren.
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  1. Virginia Carter Says:



  2. catdaddy Says:

    call me spongebob stackin krabby patties

  3. Justus Says:

    Kwxs3h Stands back from the keyboard in amazement! Thanks!

  4. mario boulet Says:

    You rendered service to women with lose vaginas.

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