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Robert Banks

Born: 1921
Birthplace: Piedmont, Mo.

Polypropylene and high-density polyethylene (HDPE)—While working for the Phillips Petroleum Company, Banks and Hogan developed two of the world's most commonly used plastics, polypropylene and high-density polyethylene (HDPE). The plastics are used separately and in compounds to create everything from garbage bags and grocery sacks to wire insulation and automotive parts. (2001)

Died: 1989

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