Irving Laucks, US chemist

Irving Laucks, US chemist

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Caption: Irving Fink Laucks (1882-1981), US chemist. Laucks studied mining engineering and chemistry at the Case School of Applied Science (now the Case Institute of Technology) in Cleveland, graduating in 1904. In 1908, he founded an analytical chemical company (now Laucks Testing Laboratories) in Seattle to test mining ores. Laucks also carried out research into oil from the soybean plant (Glycine max), and by the early 1920s was investigating the production and application of a soybean glue in the plywood industry. His patent for this was granted in 1928 and generated large profits. Considered one of the 'fathers of plywood', Laucks retired in 1942.

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