Crawford, John William Croom

b. 13 January 1891
d. 5 May 1987
English chemist who pioneered the manufacture of Perspex.
In 1934, by a brilliant piece of research at Imperial Chemical Industries at Ardeer, Crawford devised the synthetic method of making the monomer from which Perspex is derived, based on acetone, methanol, cyanamide and sulphuric acid. This was the basis of the commercial production of Perspex and is still in use. Crawford left ICI to work for a time at University College, Dublin, and returned to England in 1964.
Further Reading
C.E.D.Miles, 1955, A History of Research in the Nobel Division of ICI, ICI, p. 132.

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