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june 15,1844 – Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber.Goodyear discovered the vulcanization process accidentally after five years of searching for a more stable rubber. In 1898, almost four decades after his death, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was founded and named after Goodyear by Frank Seiberling

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The History of the Goodyear Tire

June 15, 1844 Charles Goodyear received a patent for a process to strengthen rubber.

American inventor Charles Goodyear discovered the process of vulcanizing rubber. The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company was posthumously named after him. Read more at Biography.com.

Charles Goodyear and the Vulcanization of Rubber - Obsessive dedication transformed rubber into a viable commercial material and made the town of Naugatuck one of its leading manufacturing sites in the 1800s. - See more at: http://connecticuthistory.org/charles-goodyear-and-the-vulcanization-of-rubber/