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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. His discovery initiated decades of successful rubber manufacturing in the Lower Naugatuck Valley in Connecticut, as rubber was adopted to multiple applications, including footwear and tires. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Goodyear has received more than 779,492 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Charles Goodyear is the 45th most popular inventor (up from 46th in 2019), the 388th most popular biography from United States (up from 393rd in 2019) and the 9th 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 45 out of 354Before him are Konrad Zuse, Herman Hollerith, Nicolas Appert, Igor Sikorsky, Adolphe Sax, and Richard Trevithick. After him are Karl Drais, John Herschel, William G. Morgan, Willis Carrier, Hans Lippershey, and John Boyd Dunlop.

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Among people born in 1800, Charles Goodyear ranks 4Before him are Friedrich Wöhler, Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, and Emperor Ninkō. After him are Millard Fillmore, Henry Fox Talbot, France Prešeren, James Clark Ross, John Edward Gray, Jean-Baptiste Dumas, Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, and Ludwig Ritter von Köchel. Among people deceased in 1860, Charles Goodyear ranks 6Before him are Arthur Schopenhauer, Phineas Gage, Désirée Clary, Jérôme Bonaparte, and Alexandra Feodorovna. After him are János Bolyai, Miloš Obrenović, Stéphanie de Beauharnais, Princess Juliane of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, William Walker, and István Széchenyi.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Charles Goodyear ranks 388 out of 18,182Before him are Chet Baker (1929), Chester W. Nimitz (1885), Kurt Russell (1951), Nicole Kidman (1967), Kevin Costner (1955), and Jeff Bridges (1949). After him are Sarah Vaughan (1924), Gertrude B. Elion (1918), Jerome Bruner (1915), Carroll Shelby (1923), Shirley Temple (1928), and Henry Clay (1777).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Charles Goodyear ranks 9Before him are Samuel Morse (1791), Samuel Colt (1814), Steve Wozniak (1950), George Westinghouse (1846), Robert Fulton (1765), and Herman Hollerith (1860). After him are William G. Morgan (1870), Willis Carrier (1876), Isaac Singer (1811), John Deere (1804), Douglas Engelbart (1925), and John Browning (1855).