Leo Baekeland, Belgian-US chemist

Leo Baekeland, Belgian-US chemist

C021/8819 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 50.8MB

Downloadable file size: 3.8MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Restrictions: This image may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by the Science History Institute of any product, service or activity, or to concur with an opinion or confirm the accuracy of any text appearing alongside or in logical association with the image.

Caption: Leo Henricus Arthur Baekeland (1863-1944), Belgian-US chemist and inventor of Bakelite. Baekeland was an academic chemist in his native Belgium. In 1889 he visited the USA, and decided to settle there. He manufactured a photographic paper called 'Velox', but sold out to Kodak after six years. He then studied the reaction of phenol and methanal which, under the right conditions, produces a dark brown thermosetting resin. He mixed this with a filler, and in 1909 introduced it as Bakelite, the first widely-used synthetic plastic. For many years, Bakelite was the material of choice in electrical appliances.

Release details: Model release not available. Property release not required.

Keywords: 1800s, 1900s, 19th century, 20th century, adult, american, bakelite, belgian, belgian-american, belgian-us, black-and-white, caucasian, chemical, chemist, chemistry, european, head and shoulders, hendrik, historical, history, human, inventor, leo baekeland, leo henricus arthur baekeland, looking at the camera, male, man, materials science, monochrome, one person, people, person, pioneer, pioneering, plastic, plastics, portrait, scientist, synthetic, thermosetting resin, us, velox

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.