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Bachman, Bonnie J.

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. See:


Bachner, Edward F.

Custom molder, founder of Chicago Molded Products Corp., Chicago, IL, in 1919. Active in development of machinery and processing innovations. In 1926 Bachner's company produced the first phenolic washing machine agitators. Bachner pioneered many other pla


Bacon, Clare E.

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 did much to make the plastics fiberglass i


Baekeland, Leo Hendrik

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 manufact


Baer, Dr. Eric

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.

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-Empi


Baker, Raymond

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 a new pr


Banks, Robert L.

Robert L. Banks was an American chemist who, with J. Paul Hogan, discovered methods of producing polypropylene and high-density polyethylene. Banks was born and grew up in Piedmont, Missouri. He attended Southeast Missouri State University. In 1946 he joi


Barnett, Louis H.

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. Barnett graduate


Bayer, Dr. Otto

Otto Bayer was a German industrial chemist esepcially associated with the devleopment of polyurethane chemistry. Bayer was born in Frankfurt am Main where he studied chemistry with Julius von Braun, and received his Ph.D. in 1924. von Braun arranged Bayer


Beach, Wm. Iler

<p>William Iler Beach received the Hyatt award in 1944 for his role in the devlopment of the process of post-forming phenolic lamionates.</p>


Beall, Glenn

An engineer, consultant, educator and editor who played a key role in the advancement of plastics design. Extremely active in all plastics engineering associations. Widely recognized for his contribution to plastics design, Glenn Beall has served in many


Bean, C. Thomas

C. Thomas Bean, Jr. and P. Robitscheck of Hooker Chemical Company developed the first flame-retardant polyester resins.


Beaumont, John

<p>John Beaumont is program chair for the Plastics Engineering Technology program at Penn State University, Behrend. &nbsp;He received his B.S. in Plastics Technology in 1976 and the M.S. in Plastics Engineering in 1994 from the University of Massachusett


Beetle, Carl N.

<p>Carl Beetle was founder of Beetle/Justin Plastics Inc., and inventor of glass fiber gel-coated boat molds and the catalyst spray gun.</p> <p>Beetle was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame in 1977.</p>


Behn, Norman S.

<p>Behn served as President of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in 1998.</p>


Bel Geddes, Norman

<p>Industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes was hired at Plaskon to create new designs for scales, but he also initiated research to develop a new lightweight material to replace the porcelain enamel used to coat metal scales. Bennet soon opted for entirely


Belcher, Samuel L.

<p>Samuel L. Belcher (1933-2009) is a plastics packaging pioneer who made his mark in the field of blow molding, particularly stretch blow molding. President of his consulting firm, Sabel Plastechs of Moscow, Ohio, since 1987, Belcher's industry affiliati


Bemis, Peter F.

<p>Peter F. Bemis is President of the Contract Group and cofounder, Executive VP, and Secretary of Bemis Manufacturing, Sheboygan Falls, WI.</p> <p>Bemis graduated from Carroll College, Helena, MT with a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics. In h


Bennett, Hubert D.

Hubert D. Bennett took over as president of the Toledo Scale Company in 1926. His challenge was to &quot;reinvent&quot; his company's product as something much lighter than its 163-pound porcelain and iron model. Bennett hired Norman Bel Geddes to create