Baekeland, a chemist living in New
York, developed the first truly artificial
plastic back in 1907. He was originally
trying to develop a substitute for
shellac, but created something revolutionary
This new material was hard, strong,
yet light, could be molded and colored,
and was resistant to electricity and
heat. He called his discovery Bakelite.
Bakelite is still used today in things
like electrical plugs and outlets.
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