Leo â€śDocâ€? Baekeland: Father of plastic
Benjamin Franklin, the son of a tallow chandler, achieved extraordinary success as a statesman, printer, scientist and author, becoming the only colonial American to earn a European reputation as a natural philosopher. It is no wonder, then, that his Autobiography, the story of a poor boy who employs thrift, drive, and intelligence to rise to great wealth and position, would so deeply influence Leo H. Baekeland, the eight-year-old son of an illiterate Belgian shoemaker. Baekeland not only fell in love with America, he emulated Franklin, achieving great wealth and station and changing the course of our livesâ€”he invented plastic.