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Karol, Dr. Frederick J.

<p>Frederick J. Karol is an authority in resin polymerization who played a central role in the development and commercialization of the Unipol process for producing polyethylene.</p> <p>Born in Norton, Massachusetts he received his B.A.
 

Kavanagh, Lionel B.

&lt;p&gt;Lionel B. Kavanagh (1889-1991) developed prototype and injection mold tooling in the early years of the plastics industry. He was instrumental in developing and refining molds that enabled the processing of new materials into
 

Kennedy, Joseph P.

<p>Joseph P. Kennedy's is an American chemist and educator who has made major contributions to rubber science and technology, particularly in the fields of carbocationic polymerizations, rubbery biomaterials and macromolecular design
 

Kettering, Charles Franklin

&lt;p&gt;Charles Kettering was an innovative engineer and businessman, and prolific inventor; holder of 186 patents. His inventions were fundamental to the development of the American automobile industry.&amp;nbsp; In the history of plastics
 

Keville, John (Jack) J.

&lt;p&gt;John (Jack) Keville was born in Leominster, Massachusetts.&amp;nbsp; At the Leominster factories young Jack operated saw machines cutting teeth in celluloid combs, and he later became an active participant in most phases of the
 

Kittredge, Robert P.

<p>Robert P. Kittredge, who founded packaging thermoformer Fabri-Kal Corp. in 1950, in a former A&amp;P grocery store in Kalamazoo, Mich. Today the company has annual sales of $300 million, employs 900 and runs four plants with 40 production
 

Kleiderer, Charles W.

<p>Charles W. Kleiderer made major contributions to the plastics industry and during World War II, especially his development of new plastics to support the "variable time" (VT) fuse that enabled artillery shells to explode within a predetermined
 

Kline, Gordon M.

&lt;p&gt;Gordon M. Kline contributed to the science and technology of plastics through research and publications while Chief of the Plastics Section (1935-51) and Polymers Division (1951-63) at National Bureau of Standards.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;He
 

Knerr, Richard

&lt;p&gt;Richard Knerr was an American inventor best known for marketing the Frisbee and Hula Hoop.&amp;nbsp; In 1948 he cofounded the company Wham-O with Arthur Melin.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Wham-O was very successful developing and marketing
 

Koenig, Dr. Jack

<p>Jack Koenig is&nbsp; The Donnell Institute Professor Emeritus of the Dept. of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.</p> <p>Koenig received his B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics
 

Kogan, Belle

<p>Belle Kogan was an American industrial designer.&nbsp; She designed dishware for the Boonton Molding Company, including its "Boonton Belle" line.</p> <p>Holly Wahlberg, <em>Everyday Elegance: 1950s Plastic Design </em>(Atglen, PA:
 

Kopitke, William H.

<p>William H. Kopitke was an American inventor who was the first to develop the injection blow-molded process.&nbsp; Kopitke and E.T. Ferngren founded Fernplas Corporation in the early 1930s and developed several bottlemaking methods.&nbsp;
 

Kosy, Walter R.

<p>Walter R. Kosy (1920-1994) was an American engineer and consultant in the field of chemical engineering, specifically plastics.</p> <p>Born June 12, 1920 in Detroit Kosy graduated from Wayne University in Detroit in 1942 with a degree
 

Kovach, George P.

<p>Kovach served as President of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in 1965.</p>
 

Kratt, William, Sr.

&lt;p&gt;William Kratt Sr. was a German-born American inventor responsible for the Kratt Pitch Pipe and other musical devices.&amp;nbsp; It is estimated that the Kratt Company has made over 3 million of pitch pipes in the last 80 years.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Kratt
 

Kravitz, Rubin

&lt;p&gt;Rubin Kravitz is a chemist and engineer, and founding president of the National Plastics Center and Museum in Leominster, Massachusetts.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Kravitz was born in Framingham, Massachusetts. After serving in the US
 

Kretzschmar, John

<p>St. Jo Mo (St. Joseph, Missouri) was founded on the Missouri River as a trading post, a place where the French and Indians and all manner of folk heading east or west stopped to do business. In fact, it was the birthplace of the Pony
 

Kruder, George A.

<p>George A. Kruder was one of the most knowledgeable industrial extrusion experts in the world.</p> <p>Born in Chicago, Kruder received his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering (1942) and his PhD (1948) from Purdue University.
 

Kuhlke, William C.

<p>Kuhlke served as President of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in 1984.</p>