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Celebrating Serendipity!

January 6th, 2011
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 [Photo Credit:  YouTube NationalMedals]

This is the video, about Dr. Harry S. Coover’s discovery of super glue, that was shown at the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation Gala November 2010, in Washington D.C.  It was amazing how many of the medal winners cited serendipity as playing a large role in their discovery.  We think humility must play a role as well or as Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favours the prepared mind.”


Check out this interesting article about super glue inventor, Dr. Harry S. Coover, “One Day of Serendipity-A Lifetime of Achievement“, by Dr. Dave Dunn (January 2011 Adhesives and Sealants Industry magazine).

[Chief Blogger’s Note:  Oh .. and yes, as Dr. Dave states in the article, Super Glue Corporation’s representatives were in attendance, with Dr. Coover, at the November 2010 gala (see pic left) to help celebrate his accomplishment(s)! … No humility here 😉 ]

[Photo Credit:  Super Glue Corporation]

Dr. Dave Visits Super Glue Corporation Headquarters

January 3rd, 2011
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Recently, Super Glue Corporation’s management team spent an afternoon with noted adhesives expert, Dr. Dave Dunn.  An author of several books, and many articles and patents, Dr. Dave is a consultant in the adhesives industry and writes the Ask Dr. Dave column for the Adhesives and Sealants Industry magazine.   His presentation included an historical overview of Super Glue Innovation.

Dr. Dave’s specialty is cyanoacrylates (super glue) and his career includes an association with Dr. Harry Coover, the inventor of Super Glue, who was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama in November 2010.

Highlights from Dr. Dave’s presentation to the Super Glue Corporation team include the following:

– Dr. Coover actually discovered Super Glue twice.  First in the 1940’s while developing an optically clear plastic for making precision gun sights for the war efforts (Dr. Coover said, “Cyanoacrylates worked great in reproducing the mold for the gunsights.  The problem was everything I was working with stuck to everything else.  It was just a big pain.”) and the second time in the early 1950’s while developing new acrylic polymers for jet aircraft canopies.   Dr. Coover said, “Serendipity had given me a second chance – what we had was a new super glue.  I went and got the material and started sticking everything in the laboratory together!”

– 1951 Adhesive Properties were discovered.

– 1958 First Industrial Cyanoacrylate Adhesive manufactured

– 1973 First Cyanoacrylate Adhesive for consumers manufactured

– 1986 Gel formulations of Cyanoacrylates introduced to consumer market

– 1988 Surface Insensitive Super Glues introduced to consumer market

– 1990’s FDA approval and introduction of cyanoacrylates into medical, veterinary and dental markets

– 2004 Dr. Harry Coover inducted into National Invention Hall of Fame for his invention of super glue

– 2010 Dr. Harry Coover awarded the National Medal for Technology and Innovation for his invention of super glue

–  Today cyanoacrylate (super glue) adhesives is a $1 Billion + (retail prices) industry worldwide

– Check out this great video of Dr. Coover presenting his technology on Gary Moore’s “I’ve Got A Secret” television show decades ago!

It was a great day of celebration for the invention of Super Glue.  We appreciate history and our heritage and thank Dr. Dave for his terrific presentation!

sgcakephoto1-e1294082393155-225x300We wish we could have shared a bite of this delicious cake with all of our readers!  But as a special treat we will send you a sample of our super glue if you send us your address with the keyword “celebration sample” typed in the email.  Supplies are limited.  Offer ends January 31, 2011.