Robert M. Thomas

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Robert McKee Thomas was a co-inventor of butyl rubber, along with William J. Sparks. Thomas held 75 patents, and directed the work of several notable polymer scientists. He worked at the Standard Oil Company, in New Jersey, starting work in 1929 after obtaining a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He retired in 1965.[1]

In 1969, he received the Charles Goodyear Medal.


  • R. B. Seymour, Pioneers in Polymer Science, 193-195, 1989, Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  1. "Interview with Robert M. Thomas" (mp3). Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society: Oral History Series. Summit Memory. 1969. Retrieved 13 May 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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