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American inventor Charles Goodyear discovered the process of vulcanizing rubber. The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company was posthumously named after him.
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Charles Goodyear was born on December 29, 1800 in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1834, he began experimenting with natural rubber. In 1839, he accidentally discovered the process of vulcanization. He struggled to patent it, as Thomas Hancock had recently patented vulcanized rubber. Goodyear died broke on July 19, 1860 in New York City. The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company was founded in his name in 1898.
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