|MadSci Network: Science History|
Dear Mike Thank you for your question about cyanoacrylates the well-known superstar of modern adhesion knowen as "Super Glue. Cyanoacrylates were discovered in 1942 in a search for materials to make clear plastic gun sights for the second world war. The American researchers quickly rejected cyanoacrylates because they stuck to everything. In 1951 cyanoacrylates were re discovered by Eastman Kodak researchers Harry Coover and Fred Joyner who recognized its true potential. In 1958 Dr. Coover appeared on the TV show "I've Got a Secret" and lifted the host Gary Moore off the floor with a single drop of the stuff. You can still see this stunt in Crazy Glue advertisements. In Europe, and now in the United States, Super Glue is routinely used in surgery, replacing stiches and clamps, actually gluing human flesh and internal organs. More information about Super Glue can be found by typing Bruce Sterling.Super Glue into your web browser search engine. Sincerely Tony Gaglierd
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