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Van Doren, Harold Livingston

Harold Van Doren was an American industrial designer who created numerous iconic streamlined design items including toys, radios, fans, and more. He also taught design and wrote several books on the subject. Van Doren is especially known for his innovativ


von Pechmann, Hans

Von Pechmann was a German chemist, best known for his discovery of diazomethane in 1894. He also accidentally discovered polyethylene in 1898, when heating diazomethane. Von Pechmann studied with Heinrich Limpricht at the University of Greifswald, and sub