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Allandale Mansion Dr. Harry Coover Memorial

May 23rd, 2011
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[Photo Credit:  The Rogersville Review]

Dr. Harry Coover, inventor of super glue, passed away earlier this year.   A memorial service was held for Dr. Coover on May 14th at Allandale Mansion, in Kingsport, Tennessee, and was followed by a groundbreaking ceremony for a new performing arts amphitheater (plans shown here).

Super Glue Corporation executives were honored to attend the National Medal of Technology and Innovation gala with Dr. Coover and his family in November, 2010.  We wanted to pass along this important information to all of our readers and the many Do It Yourselfers (DIYers) and hobbyists who love super glue and have depended on its strong bonding qualities to accomplish their work for many decades.  We hope you will take the time to make a donation to Dr. Coover’s charity of choice – Allandale Mansion  Preservation Trust.

According to the Allandale Mansion website:

“Most recently, Dr. Harry Coover and his family donated the “Heron Dome” in memory of his deceased wife, Mrs. Muriel Zumbach Coover. The “Dome” features a bronze heron sculpture in a shallow pool, surrounded by benches, landscaping, and lighting to make the structure suitable for evening events [such as weddings, parties, and social gatherings and a quiet spot for reflection].”

According to The Rogersville Review Dr. Coover was a founding benefactor of the mansion and participated in the vision for the new amphitheater:

“Members of the Friends of Allandale all agreed that the project will offer a premier outdoor entertainment venue for the region, and the groundbreaking represents a dream by the project’s late benefactor Dr. Harry W. Coover.  Prior to the groundbreaking, a brief memorial service was held in his honor.  
   
Coover, the inventor of Super Glue and retired vice president of Eastman Chemical Company, was a long time supporter of projects to improve Allandale Mansion until his death on March 26 at age 94.
   
In the early planning stages of the Amphitheater project Coover, who also received the 2010 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, once said, “The citizens of Greater Kingsport deserve a beautiful gathering place. The natural landscape of historic Allandale provides the perfect setting to harbor all kinds of performing arts.”
   
Remembering Dr. Coover’s wishes,  President of the FOA Teresa Estepp said, “It is very befitting that the Friends of Allandale can officially break ground on this special project in conjunction with the day that we are remembering our founding benefactor, Dr. Coover.  It was Dr. Coover’s wish to provide the citizens of this region with a venue to enjoy the performing arts on the grounds of the city’s historic mansion.”

Dr. Coover’s family has asked that memorials in his honor be sent to Allandale Mansion Preservation Trust – 4444 West Stone Drive – Kingsport, TN 37660.

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.”

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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]

Inventor of Super Glue Awarded National Medal of Technology and Innovation

October 21st, 2010
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Harry Coover, the scientist who accidentally discovered super glue during unrelated research as an Eastman Kodak chemist,  has been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for 2010.  This year’s award recipients were announced by President Obama, in a White House press release, on October 15, 2010.   The press release states, “The extraordinary accomplishments of these scientists, engineers, and inventors are a testament to American industry and ingenuity,” President Obama said.  “Their achievements have redrawn the frontiers of human knowledge while enhancing American prosperity, and it is my tremendous pleasure to honor them for their important contributions.”

Here is a summary of this year’s award winners from a National Science Foundation press release:

Harry Coover for his invention of cyanoacrylates, a new class of adhesives that have influenced medicine and industry, and are known widely to consumers as “super” glues.

Helen Free for her seminal contributions to diagnostic chemistry, primarily through dip-and-read urinalysis tests, that first enabled diabetics to monitor their blood glucose levels on their own.

Steven Sasson for the invention of the digital camera, which has revolutionized the way images are captured, stored and shared, thereby creating new opportunities for commerce, for education and for improved worldwide communication.

Marcian E. “Ted” Hoff, Jr., Stanley Mazor and Federico Faggin for the conception, design, development and application of the first microcomputer, a universal building block that enabled a multitude of novel digital electronic systems.

We congratulate all of this year’s recipients of  the National Medal of Technology and Innovation which according to the Office of the White House, represents “the highest honors bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers, and inventors.”

We especially extend our congratulations to Harry Coover, the inventor of cyanoacrylates, commonly referred to as “super glues”.  His discovery is still enhancing the lives of people today!  Super Glue is amazing stuff!!  Read more about Harry Coover on the Super Glue Corporation website.