Eduard Simon

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Johann Eduard Simon (18 September 1789 – 19 June 1856)[1] was an apothecary in Berlin, Germany.

Eduard accidentally discovered polystyrene in 1839. Simon distilled an oily substance from storax, the resin of the Sweetgum tree, Liquidambar orientalis, which he named "styrol". Several days later he found that the styrol had thickened, presumably due to polymerisation, into a jelly which he dubbed styrol oxide ("Stryroloxyd").[2]



  1. ^ Georg Schwedt (19 August 2013). Plastisch, Elastisch, und Fantastisch: Ohne Kunststoffe Geht es Nicht. John Wiley & Sons. p. 95. ISBN 978-3-527-66530-3.
  2. ^ Scheirs, John. "Historical Overview of Syrenic Polymers" in John Scheirs & Duane Priddy (Eds.) (2003). Modern Styrenic Polymers: Polystyrenes and Styrenic Copolymers. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. pp. 3-23 (p. 3). ISBN 978-0-471-49752-3.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)