Nylon and DuPont

PARIS: And your servers are wearing nylon blend shirts, and nylon was invented by a scientist at Dupont in the 1920s. It shattered the illusion.

Paris isn’t quite correct. While the DuPont Experimental Station began their research into polymers in 1927, the first example of nylon was synthesised in 1935, by their leading chemist, Wallace Hume Carothers [pictured]. Sadly, Carothers, who suffered from depression and had been admitted to a psychiatric hospital in 1936, committed suicide in 1937 by ingesting chemicals.

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