The National Inventors Hall of Fame intends to induct 3M Scotchgard inventors Patsy Sherman and Sam Smith into its organization. The scientists will also be included in a permanent exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame museum in Akron, Ohio.
In 1953, after a co-worker spilled a water-resistant chemical solution on her shoe, Sherman began developing ideas for a solution that could protect textiles from stains. In 1955, with collaborator and supervisor Smith, Sherman invented Scotchgard.
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