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 729,960 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia. Charles Goodyear is the 46th most popular inventor (up from 54th in 2019), the 393rd most popular biography from United States (up from 511th in 2019) and the 11th 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 46 out of 355Before him are Ismail al-Jazari, Abbas ibn Firnas, Isaac Singer, László Bíró, Elon Musk, and Richard Trevithick. After him are Willis Carrier, Wilhelm Maybach, Douglas Engelbart, Karl Drais, John Boyd Dunlop, and Steve Wozniak.

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Among people born in 1800, Charles Goodyear ranks 3Before him are Friedrich Wöhler and Helmuth von Moltke the Elder. After him are Millard Fillmore, Henry Fox Talbot, Emperor Ninkō, France Prešeren, James Clark Ross, John Edward Gray, Lars Levi Laestadius, Jean-Baptiste Dumas, 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, Julia Pastrana, Princess Juliane of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, and William Walker.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Charles Goodyear ranks 393 out of 15,968Before him are Ralph Lauren (1939), Kathy Bates (1948), Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804), George Clooney (1961), James Buchanan (1791), and Robert Woodrow Wilson (1936). After him are Willis Carrier (1876), Alexander Calder (1898), Paulette Goddard (1910), Joseph Stiglitz (1943), Boris Johnson (1964), and Michael Clarke Duncan (1957).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Charles Goodyear ranks 11Before him are George Westinghouse (1846), Robert Fulton (1765), Jimmy Wales (1966), William G. Morgan (1870), Herman Hollerith (1860), and Isaac Singer (1811). After him are Willis Carrier (1876), Douglas Engelbart (1925), Steve Wozniak (1950), Josephine Cochrane (1839), Les Paul (1915), and John Deere (1804).