Another Invention By Accident
While working for Eastman Kodak in 1942, Harry Coover, attempted to create some
material to make a transparent gun sight. It t wasn’t a success. The resulting compound was simply too sticky. The
same thing happened again when Kodak scientists were working on polymers for aeroplane canopies, and it was then
that Coover – soon to be Sir Harry Coover - realised they might have discovered something useful after all.
Superglue went on sale for the first time in 1958. Aside from being responsible for more than its fair share of
visits to hospital casualty departments, it’s made a big contribution to modern life. And it all came about by
History is littered with examples of people who set out trying to do one thing and failed, but somehow managed to
end up doing something better. What did they all have in common? They were all trying to do something!