Sunday, June 26, 2016

CBS Sunday Morning on June 26, 2016 does Teflon

CBS Sunday Morning on June 26, 2016 discussed the invention of Teflon in its almanac feature, noting this was the 106th anniversary of the birthday of Roy Plunkett:

Plunkett was a DuPont chemist working with gases in the late 1930s when an experiment unexpectedly produced a mysterious white powder. The slippery stuff turned out to have multiple military applications ... and even helped in making the first atomic bomb.

In 1945, DuPont trademarked its miraculous discovery, mercifully shortening its chemical name (Poly-tetra-flouro-ethylene) to the more user-friendly name: Teflon.


[Plunkett] died in 1994, just shy of his 84th birthday. But his name lives on in the form of DuPont's annual Plunkett Award.

Plunkett's US Patent 2,230,654 (filed July 1, 1939; granted Feb. 4, 1941) was assigned to Kinetic Chemicals, a joint venture between DuPont and General Motors.

The moment of nature was from Tallulah Gorge State Park in Georgia.

*Separately, as to interviewing on Fridays:


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