What scientist was born on today's date?

February 14
Pacific Time Zone

Julius Arthur Nieuwland (Chemistry)
Birthday: 1878, Hansbeke, Belgium
Julius Nieuwland grew up in Indiana and studied at Notre Dame. He taught botany there for 14 years but is famous for his work in acetylene chemistry showing that acetylene can be converted to divinyl-acetylene, then polymerized to a rubbery material. He worked with DuPont to develop neoprene in 1931 - the first commercially successful synthetic rubber.

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