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French Georges DE MESTRAL

born Georges Henri François Louis DE MESTRAL

Swiss electrical engineer who invented the hook and loop fastener

Source :  Mathieu NIVAL

Born: on June 19, 1907 in Saint-Saphorin-sur-Morges, Suisse
Died: on February 08, 1990 in Commugny, Suisse


He was born to Albert de Mestral, a civil engineer, and Marthe de Goumoëns in Colombier, near Lausanne, Switzerland. De Mestral designed a toy airplane at age twelve and patented it. He attended the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. After graduation in 1930, he worked in the machine shop of an engineering company. He worked on inventing Velcro hook and loop fasteners for ten years starting in 1948. In 1955 he successfully patented hook and loop, eventually selling 60 million yards (about 55,000 km) a year through a multi-million dollar company.

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