Jacques E. Brandenberger

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Jacques Edwin Brandenberger
Born(1872-10-19)19 October 1872
Died13 July 1954(1954-07-13) (aged 81)
Zurich, Switzerland
NationalitySwiss
Alma materUniversity of Bern
Known forInvention of cellophane
AwardsElliott Cresson Medal (1937)
Scientific career
FieldsChemistry
Modern cellophane of various colors

Jacques Edwin Brandenberger (19 October 1872 – 13 July 1954) was a Swiss chemist and textile engineer who in 1908 invented cellophane. He was awarded the Franklin Institute's Elliott Cresson Medal in 1937.

Brandenberger was born in Zurich in 1872. He graduated from the University of Bern in 1895. In 1908 Brandenberger invented cellophane. Made from wood cellulose, cellophane was intended as a coating to make cloth more resistant to staining. After several years of further research and refinements he began production of cellophane in 1920 marketing it for industrial purposes. He sold the US rights to DuPont in 1923.[1]

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