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Rubber Mirror

Reflections of the Rubber Division's First 100 Years

by Henry J. Inman

Pages: 273; Size: 6" x 9"
Series: Ohio History and Culture

ISBN: 978-1-931968-60-7

Jacketed Hardcover
Price: $29.95

The Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) was founded to promote the education, professional growth, and betterment of those individuals associated with the rubber and associated industries. 2009 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Rubber Division, ACS. Over those ten decades, the elastomeric profession has undergone innovations, improvements, retooling, and rethinking. The Rubber Mirror: Reflections of the Rubber Division’s First 100 Years traces the history of the division and details how it became the forum for the many people who ultimately impacted the advances in the rubber industry.

Started by twenty-eight rubber chemists in the early 1900s, the Rubber Division, ACS has grown substantially. Its story reflects how people of simple backgrounds, working together, have propelled advances in natural and synthetic rubber materials and applications, polymer engineering and manufacturing, thermoplastics research, and chemistry. The Rubber Mirror reveals the heart and spirit of individuals. Their chronicles are primary documents in the history of the Rubber Division, ACS.

The history of the organization is multifaceted and covers:

  • inventors and patents;
  • a library including informational assets of Firestone, General, B. F. Goodrich, Goodyear, and U.S. Rubber;
  • agreements and disputes;
  • pioneering correspondence courses in rubber technology; and
  • scholarships and awards

This well-researched book includes several appendices that detail officers of the Rubber Division from 1909–2009, inductees of the International Rubber Hall of Fame, the Charles Goodyear Medal winners, and many other special award recipients.


About the author

Henry J. Inman

Henry J. Inman is a former newspaper writer and corporate public relations executive with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Inman has written for Akron Life & Leisure magazine, Modern Tire Dealer, Rubber & Plastics News, is a contributing editor to Tire Review magazine and has edited four novels. He is president of Cuyahoga Falls-based Goldfinch Communications, Inc. In his spare time, he and his wife, Karen, enjoy hiking, biking, and spending time with their grandchildren.

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