Robert Gore, inventor of waterproof outerwear Gore-Tex, 死于 83

Robert W. 血块, inventor of the technology that spawned the waterproof Gore-Tex fabric, died Thursday, according to the family company, w ^. 大号. 血块 & 合伙人.

血块, commonly known asBob,” 原为 83 岁, 公司说.
Gore is best known for 他的 1969 发现 的 “a versatile new polymer form, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE),” the company said in a press release announcing his death.
A coat sits on display as sellers and buyers look over gear at the Gore-Tex booth during the Outdoor Retailer Summer Show at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, 犹他州, Friday August 3, 2012.

The substance provided myriad new product applications including Gore-Tex Fabrics, the world’s first waterproof breathable outerwear and a product that through the years has become synonymous with the outdoors,” the company said in a release.
    The material was used in the wire and cable industry, 公司说, even landing on the moonas part of the historic Apollo 11 任务” 在 1969.
    Gore is survived by his wife, Jane, along with a large family of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as four siblings and extended family, 公司说.

    A born entrepreneur

    Gore was born on April 15, 1937, the oldest of five children.
    His parents, Wilbert and Genevieve Gore, founded W. 大号. 血块 & Associates in 1958 in the basement of their Delaware home.
    Robert Gore earned a chemical engineering degree from the University of Delaware. He later received a master’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota, 公司说.
    Gore succeeded his father as president and CEO of Gore in 1976, and he led the company for the next 30 年份. He served on the company’s board of directors for 57 年份, 30 of them as chairman. He was named chairman emeritus in 2018.
    Bob Gore appreciated that innovation can arise from many different places if entrepreneurial spirit is encouraged and fostered,” said Jason Field, the current CEO of W. 大号. 血块 & 合伙人.
    We will continue to build on his legacy with a commitment toward breaking new ground and developing solutions that make the world a better place,” said Bret Snyder, Gore’s nephew and company board chairman.
    Throughout his lifetime, the company said Gore was awarded nine patents, elected into the National Academy of Engineering and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2006.
      The company became a billion-dollar enterprise while Gore was president and CEO, and he marked the occasion in 1996 with a speech about the company’s legacy.
      We plan to leave a legacy to society and to future generations: infants with surgically reconstructed hearts that live because of our medical products; governments of free societies that are better able to protect themselves because of defense products; communities with cleaner and healthier environments because of our filtration and sealant products; 是的, people that just have more fun in the outdoors because of our Gore-Tex outerwear,” 他说.

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