Ba elite is the trade name of one of the first plastics to come into wide use. It is a phenolic invented in 1907, and it came to be employed for all kinds of household items and ornaments, but its main use today is in electrical installations because it is a good insulator against heat and electric current. Bakelite can be molded into many shapes and is relatively inexpensive. Its use for handles and enclosure elements on kitchen wares, irons, and similar products has been widespread.
   Chemist Leo Hendrick Bakeland (1863-1944), born in Ghent, Belgium, came to the United States in 1889 and founded a company to manufacture paper called Velox. In 1909 he publicized the invention of Bakelite, a synthetic resin (a plastic used to harden rubber and celluloid) which he then manufactured for twenty years. Afterwards the name became generic for any phenolic plastic, regardless of the manufacturer. This Flemish chemist s often spoken of as the father of the modern plastics industry because f the practical application of his discoveries.

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