Adhesives Magazine

Superglue Inventor Harry Coover Dies

March 28, 2011

Harry Wesley Coover Jr., inventor of superglue, died on Saturday night at his home in Kingsport, TN, according to the New York Times. He was 94. The cause was congestive heart failure, his daughter, Dr. Melinda Coover Paul, said.
 
Coover is one of the world’s great inventors, with 460 patents and over 60 publications. He has received numerous other awards, including the Industrial Research Institute Medal Achievement Award and Maurice Holland Award, the American Chemical Society’s Earl B. Barnes Award, and the AIC Chemical Pioneers Award. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2004 to join such figures as Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Samuel Morse, as well as George Eastman, the founder of Eastman Kodak. In 2010, Coover was presented with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Barack Obama.