Harry Coover, creator of Super Glue, dies at 94

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- Harry Wesley Coover Jr., known as the inventor of Super Glue, has died at his home in Kingsport, Tenn.
He was 94.

Coover was working for Tennessee Eastman Company when an accident resulted in Super Glue, according to his grandson, Adam Paul of South Carolina. An assistant was distressed that some brand new refractometer prisms were ruined when they were glued together, marking the invention of the popular cyanoacrylate adhesive.

President Barack Obama honored Coover in 2010 with the National Medal of Science.

Coover was born in Newark, Del. He received a degree in chemistry from Hobart College in New York before getting a master's degree and Ph.D., from Cornell.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home in Kingsport, Tenn., is handling the arrangements. Paul says a family memorial is planned for May.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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