Charles Goodyear

1800 - 1860

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Charles Goodyear (December 29, 1800 – July 1, 1860) was an American self-taught chemist and manufacturing engineer who developed vulcanized rubber, for which he received patent number 3633 from the United States Patent Office on June 15, 1844. Goodyear is credited with inventing the chemical process to create and manufacture pliable, waterproof, moldable rubber. Goodyear's discovery of the vulcanization process followed five years of searching for a more stable rubber and stumbling upon the effectiveness of heating after Thomas Hancock. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Goodyear has received more than 922,589 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Charles Goodyear is the 58th most popular inventor (down from 45th in 2019), the 567th most popular biography from United States (down from 388th in 2019) and the 15th most popular American Inventor.

Charles Goodyear is most famous for inventing vulcanized rubber, which is rubber that has been treated with sulfur.

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Among inventors, Charles Goodyear ranks 58 out of 426Before him are Douglas Engelbart, James Naismith, Emile Berliner, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, Louis Renault, and John Boyd Dunlop. After him are Henry Fox Talbot, Louis Blériot, Adam Opel, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Isaac Singer, and Cornelis Drebbel.

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Among people born in 1800, Charles Goodyear ranks 6Before him are Friedrich Wöhler, Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, France Prešeren, Emperor Ninkō, and Millard Fillmore. After him are Henry Fox Talbot, John Edward Gray, Jean-Baptiste Dumas, Nat Turner, James Clark Ross, and John Brown. Among people deceased in 1860, Charles Goodyear ranks 7Before him are Arthur Schopenhauer, Phineas Gage, Désirée Clary, Jérôme Bonaparte, Alexandra Feodorovna, and Miloš Obrenović. After him are János Bolyai, Stéphanie de Beauharnais, Julia Pastrana, Princess Juliane of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Danilo I, Prince of Montenegro, and István Széchenyi.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Charles Goodyear ranks 567 out of 20,380Before him are Kim Novak (1933), George Armstrong Custer (1839), Quincy Jones (1933), Ronald Wayne (1934), Mia Farrow (1945), and Leonard Nimoy (1931). After him are Sean Penn (1960), Eddie Murphy (1961), Dennis Ritchie (1941), Steven Tyler (1948), Arthur Compton (1892), and John Coltrane (1926).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Charles Goodyear ranks 15Before him are Ruth Handler (1916), Jimmy Wales (1966), Willis Carrier (1876), Herman Hollerith (1860), William G. Morgan (1870), and Douglas Engelbart (1925). After him are Isaac Singer (1811), John Browning (1855), John Deere (1804), Josephine Cochrane (1839), Les Paul (1915), and George Eastman (1854).