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Eduard Simon
German merchant and jurist

Eduard Simon

Eduard Simon
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Intro German merchant and jurist
Was Merchant Jurist
From Germany
Field Business Law
Gender male
Birth 7 April 1864, Berlin
Death 3 August 1929, Berlin (aged 65 years)
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Johann Eduard Simon (18 September 1789 – 19 June 1856) was an apothecary in Berlin, Germany.
Eduard accidentally discovered polystyrene in 1839. Simon distilled an oily substance from storax, the resin of the Sweetgum tree, Liquidambar orientalis, which he named "styrol". Several days later he found that the styrol had thickened, presumably due to polymerisation, into a jelly which he dubbed styrol oxide ("Stryroloxyd").

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