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30 April 2009

Thomas Midgley RIP (If you can)

You probably have never heard of Thomas Midgley, but believe me he has impacted your life. He was a graduate of Cornell University and worked as an industrial chemist for his entire career. His first big invention was to make an additive for gasoline that almost completely eliminated knocking in car engines. The additive was made of tetra ethyl lead. If you are my age, or older, you can remember …

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