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Abbiati, James Anthony

<p>James Anthony Abbiati is an American engineer and businessman who directs the Extrusion Division of Cincinnati Milicron (now Milicron Plastics Technologies).</p> <p>Abbiati has degrees in Industrial Technology and engineering and an MBA

Achhammer, Bernard G.

<p>Achhammer served as President of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in 1967. During his long association with SPE, he served as president of the Baltimore-Washington Section in 1958, councilor from 1962 to 1965, vice chairperson of SPE's Engineering

Ackley, Robert W.

&lt;p&gt;Robert W. Ackley is an American engineer and businessman. He started his career at Davis-Standard immediately after high school graduation in 1959. Attending night school, he earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from Mitchell College and an MBA

Alfrey, Jr., Dr. Turner

&lt;p&gt;Turner Alfrey, Jr. was a noted teacher and research, who in more than thirty years at Dow Chemical Company as a research chemist explored a wide variety of chemical problems including polymerization kinetics, organic polymer chemistry, reactions on

Amorosi, Samuel A.

&lt;p&gt;Samuel A. Amorosi was born May 9, 1913 in Somerville, MA, the son of George and Marietta (Ciprotti) Amorosi. The family moved to Leominster, MA when Samuel was young. He graduated from the School of the Worcester Art Museum in 1932.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;George

Amos, J. Lawrence

&lt;p&gt;J. Lawrence Amos was born in New Matamoras, Ohio.&amp;nbsp; As a young man he worked in road construction to earn money toward his educational expenses at Marietta College, from which he recieved as BS degree in chemistry in 1928. He attended Case

Anderson, Paul G.

&lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;Paul G. Anderson is Director of Process Technology for Coperion Corporation in Ramsey, NJ., where he is responsible for Process Engineering and New Technology Development for Twin Screw Extrusion/Compounding within Coperion

Arner, Robert L.

&lt;p&gt;Robert L. Arner was born in 1925 in Canton, Ohio.&amp;nbsp; He left high school to join the Navy Seabees during World War II. After the war he obtained his diploma and a pilot's license. He continued to fly until 2010. Arner owned Sun Atate Plastics

Aylsworth, Jonas

<p>An independent inventor and entrepreneur who also worked with Thomas Edison, Jonas Aylsworth pioneered the development of phenolic plastics following Leo Baekeland's first patent on them in 1909. He is credited with developing the first interpenetrating

Ayres, Robert

&lt;div id=&quot;leftcolumn&quot;&gt;Robert (Bob) Ayres was a leader in the Plastics Pipe Institute Inc.&lt;/div&gt; &lt;div&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;div&gt;Ayres worked for Phillips Petroleum Co. in its plastics technical center, where he concentrated

Bachman, Bonnie J.

&lt;p&gt;Bachman served as President of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in 1994. She was the first woman president of the organization, which was founded in 1942.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;See:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;

Bachner, Edward F.

&lt;p&gt;Custom molder, founder of Chicago Molded Products Corp., Chicago, IL, in 1919. Active in development of machinery and processing innovations.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;In 1926 Bachner's company produced the first phenolic washing machine agitators.&amp;nbsp;

Bacon, Clare E.

&lt;p style=&quot;margin-top: 0px;&quot;&gt;Clare E. Bacon was a leader of the plastics industry in the U.S. from 1942 until his untimely death in 1977. His extraordinary efforts and devotion to development of glass reinforcement processes and applications

Baekeland, Leo Hendrik

&lt;p&gt;Leo Baekeland (born Leo Henricus Arthur Baekeland) was a Belgian-American chemist whose invention of Bakelite, the first synthetic plastic, led to the creation of the plastic industry and a drastic transformation of the way material products were

Baer, Dr. Eric

&lt;p&gt;Eric Baer is one of the most widely known research engineer/scientists in the world in the area of polymeric materials. His pioneering research has served to provide the very foundation for the materials science of polymers. This international recognition

Bailey, James T.

&lt;p&gt;James T. Bailey was an American engineer who contributed to the fundamentals of extrusion, orientation, annealing, and fabrication of plastics, notably the plastic bottle, while vice president and director of research of the Plax Corp. Div., Hartford-Empire

Baker, Raymond

&lt;p&gt;Raymond Baker was founder of NewAge Industries Inc. in Southampton, Pennsylvania; an extruder of tucing and hose. Baker founded NewAge in 1954, initially to import hardness testing equipment from Italy. On a business trip to Europe he came across

Banks, Robert L.

&lt;p&gt;Robert L. Banks was an American chemist who, with J. Paul Hogan, discovered methods of producing polypropylene and high-density polyethylene.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Banks was born and grew up in Piedmont, Missouri. He attended Southeast Missouri State

Barnett, Louis H.

&lt;p&gt;Louis H. Barnett is an American inventor and holder of many patents in plastics processing and machinery. He was the first to practice rotational molding and casting, and helped design the first pre-plasticizing injection molding machine.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Barnett

Bayer, Dr. Otto

&lt;p&gt;Otto Bayer was a German industrial chemist esepcially associated with the devleopment of polyurethane chemistry.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Bayer was born in Frankfurt am Main where he studied chemistry with Julius von Braun, and received his Ph.D.