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What did James Wright invent?

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2007-05-09 01:44:57

James Wright was an engineer at General Electric who invented

Silly Putty in 1943. The invention of Silly Putty happened by

accident. During World War II, many of the rubber-producing

countries in Asia were being invaded by Japan. This made natural

rubber scarce and difficult to procure. Any rubber that was found

was used to make tires or other supplies necessary for the war.

General Electric hired Wright to try to develop a cheap rubber

substitute. In 1943, Wright accidentally dropped boric acid into

silicone oil, creating a substance with unusual elastic properties

that would eventually be marketed as "silly putty."


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