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Robert W. Gore

Robert W. Gore is the inventor of Gore-Tex, a waterproof/breathable fabric made from polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).

He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and attended the University of Delaware. In 1957, while a sophomore at Delaware, he discovered a way to insulate wires and cables with PTFE tape. In 1969, he stretched heated rods of PTFE and created expanded PTFE, which was patented and assigned the Gore-Tex brand name. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, earning an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. [1]

His father created W. L. Gore & Associates to develop Robert's inventions. Robert was president of the company from 1976 to 2000, and as of 2006, he is chairman of the board of directors. [1]


  1. ^ a b Robert Gore. Hall of Fame Induction Info. National Inventors Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2007-07-01.


  • U.S. Patent 3,953,566 
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