Born in Iowa in 1896, W.H. Carothers became director of organic chemical research at DuPont in 1928, and his research led to the development of neoprene. His achievement involved the theory of linear polymerization, culminating in the production of nylon. The first synthetic polymer fiber to be produced commercially (1938), nylon laid the foundation of the synthetic fiber industry. Carothers died in Pennsylvania in 1937.
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