Swedish chemist J. J. von Berzelius discovers elemental silicon.
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American chemist and inventor J. F. Hyde carries out the first successful research leading to the commercial production of silicones--a resin for coating glass cloth used in electrical insulation.
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British chemist F. S. Kipping conducts pioneering work on silicon-based polymers and organic silicon compounds. He coins the term “silicone”. His research forms the basis for the development of silicone rubber and silicone-based lubricant industries.
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Researchers create a bouncing putty, which remains a laboratory curiosity until the 1950s when it goes on the market as "Silly Putty™" and becomes one of the best-selling toys ever.
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Silicones appear in hair spray cans to lubricate the nozzles and prevent them from clogging.
On Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong leaves the first set of human footprints on the moon wearing boots with silicone rubber soles.
Art Fry of 3M™ invents the Post-it note, later developed by Spencer Silver of 3M™. The adhesive coating sticks to surfaces, leaves no marks and can also be repositioned. By the 1980s, Post-its are found on desks around the world.
2-in-1 shampoo arrives on store shelves, which means people can wash and condition their hair with a single product. Micro-droplets of silicone are held suspended in the product and remain out of action throughout lathering until the hair is rinsed.
Silicones become commonplace as insulators personal computers and other electronic equipment.
The first silicone hydrogel contact lenses are launched onto the market.
Tire engineers discover that using silicone based materials in the tire tread significantly reduces tire-rolling resistance
Silicone wristbands worn for cancer fundraising awareness are first made popular by Tour de France champion cyclist Lance Armstrong for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
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