Super Glue Inventor Harry Wesley Coover Jr. Dead at 94
Super Glue inventor Harry Wesley Coover Jr. died Saturday night of congestive heart failure at his home in Kingsport, TN, the NY Times is reporting. He was 94.
Though he held over 460 patents in his career, Coover was best known for his revolutionary invention, which he created accidentally while testing compounds at Eastman Codak’s Tennessee laboratory in 1951. Seven years after the accident, during which Coover ruined a $3,000 machine, the first version of Super Glue (called Eastman 910) was made available.
According to the report, Coover, who was born in Newark, DE, in 1917, didn’t get rich off of Super Glue, as the product did not become profitable until after the patents had expired. Still, Coover was proud of his invention and its multiple uses (among them treating soldiers during the Vietnam War).
In 2010, Coover was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama.
Coover is survived by his three children and four grandchildren. His wife died in 2005.
Check out this SuperGlue commercial from 1978, featuring none other than ‘View’ co-host Joy Behar.