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1831, dec 291890, Jun 29
a metallurgist and inventor from Birmingham, England. He created Parkesine, the first man-made plastic. Parkes took out his first patent (No. 8905) in 1841 on a process for electroplating delicate works of art. His improved method for electroplating fine and fragile objects, such as flowers, was granted a patent in 1843. The patent involved electroplating an object previously dipped in a solution of phosphorus contained in bisulfide of carbon, and then in nitrate of silver. In total, Parkes held at least 66 patents on processes and products mostly related to electroplating and plastic development.
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