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Robert Banks (chemist)

Robert L. Banks (November 24, 1921 – January 3. 1989) was an American chemist. He was born and grew up in Piedmont, Missouri. He attended Southeast Missouri State University, and initiated into Alpha Phi Omega in 1940. He joined the Phillips Petroleum company in 1946 and worked there until he retired in 1985.

He was a fellow research chemist of J. Paul Hogan. They began working together in 1946, and in 1951 invented "crystalline polypropylene" and high-density polyethylene (HDPE). These plastics were initially known by the name Marlex. In 1987, the pair won the Perkin Medal, and in 2001 they were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

He died in Missouri on January 3, 1989.

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