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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. degree from Boston


Kavanagh, Lionel B.

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 useful products. Kavanagh was


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 and engineering.</p>


Kettering, Charles Franklin

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. In the history of plastics Kettering is important for the i


Keville, John (Jack) J.

John (Jack) Keville was born in Leominster, Massachusetts. 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 expanding industry. He earned his bac


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 lines and 14


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 distance


Kline, Gordon M.

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. He was technical editor of Modern Plasti


Knerr, Richard

Richard Knerr was an American inventor best known for marketing the Frisbee and Hula Hoop. In 1948 he cofounded the company Wham-O with Arthur Melin. Wham-O was very successful developing and marketing novelty toys including the Hula Hoop (1957) and Frisb


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 from Yankton College


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: Schiffer Publishing,


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; The injeciton


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 in Chemical Engin


Kovach, George P.

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


Kratt, William, Sr.

William Kratt Sr. was a German-born American inventor responsible for the Kratt Pitch Pipe and other musical devices. It is estimated that the Kratt Company has made over 3 million of pitch pipes in the last 80 years. Kratt was born in Trossingen (Baden-W


Kravitz, Rubin

Rubin Kravitz is a chemist and engineer, and founding president of the National Plastics Center and Museum in Leominster, Massachusetts. Kravitz was born in Framingham, Massachusetts. After serving in the US Army Air Corp from 1946-1948 he attended Northe


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 Express. It would


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. His major con


Kuhlke, William C.

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