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Leo BAEKELAND

American Leo BAEKELAND

born Leo Henricus Arthur BAEKELAND

Belgian-born American chemist

Source :  Dirk van den HEEDE

Born: on November 14, 1863 in Gent, België
Died: on February 23, 1944 in Beacon, New York, USA


Biography

Leo Baekeland was born in Ghent, Belgium, Baekeland was the son of a cobbler and a house maid. He told The Literary Digest: "The name is a Flemish word meaning 'Land of Beacons.'" He graduated with honours from the Ghent Municipal Technical School and was awarded a scholarship by the City of Ghent to study chemistry at the University of Ghent, where he acquired a PhD maxima cum laude at the age of 21. He was subsequently appointed associate professor of chemistry in 1889, and married Céline Swarts, the daughter of his head of department.

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- Category Chemist