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Jacques E. Brandenberger

AKA Jacques Edwin Brandenberger

Born: 19-Oct-1872
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: 13-Jul-1954
Location of death: Zurich, Switzerland
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Chemist

Nationality: Switzerland
Executive summary: Cellophane

Jacques E. Brandenberger invented cellophane in 1908, made from wood cellulose and originally intended as a coating to make cloth more resistant to staining. After several years of further research and, refinements, and construction of a machine to make the thin, transparent film, he began production of cellophane in 1920, marketing it for industrial purposes, including eye shields for gas masks. He sold the US rights to DuPont in 1923. Improvements made in the DuPont labs made cellophane moistureproof in 1927.

Daughter: Irma Marthe Brandenberger (d. 28-Jul-1986)

    University: PhD Chemistry, University of Berne (1895)

    National Inventors Hall of Fame 2006

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