Fred Baur

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Fredric John Baur (June 14, 1918 – May 4, 2008) was an American chemist and food storage technician notable for designing and patenting the Pringles packaging. Baur filed for a patent for the tubular Pringles container and for the method of packaging the curved, stacked chips in the container in 1966, and it was granted in 1970. His other accomplishments included development of frying oils and freeze-dried ice cream.[1]

Baur was a graduate of the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio and received both his Masters and PhD degrees at The Ohio State University.

He was a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Some of Baur's ashes were buried in a Pringles can at his request.[2] Baur's children said they honored his request to bury him in one of the cans by placing part of his cremated remains in a Pringles container in his grave in suburban Springfield Township. The rest of his remains were placed in an urn buried along with the can, with some placed in another urn and given to one of Baur's grandchildren.


  • Baur, F. J.; Lange, W. (1951). "Directed Interesterification in Glycerides. III. The Synthesis of Single-Fatty Acid 1,3-Diglycerides". Journal of American Chemical Society 73 (8). 
  • Russell, Robert M.; Yeager, Robert; Baur, Fred; Dupre, James R. (November 1976). "Bird Problems and Food Storage and Processing Facilities". Bird Control Seminars Proceedings. Lincoln: University of Nebraska. 
  • Baur, F. J. (ed.) (1984). Insect Management for Food and Storage and Processing. St. Paul, MN: American Association of Cereal Chemists. 


  1. ^ Hutchinson, Bill (2008-06-03). "Inventor of Pringles chip can, Fredric Baur, to be buried in one". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  2. ^ Goodman, Rebecca (2008-05-31). "Fredric J. Baur was designer of P&G's Pringles container". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2008-06-01. Marketing Doctor Says: Take Your Brand Seriously! Frederic J. Bauer Did."] Marketing Doctor Blog. June 4, 2008.