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Thomas Midgley, Jr.

Thomas Midgley (May 18, 1889 - November 2, 1944)

'Thomas Midgley, Jr. (May 18, 1889 - November 2, 1944) was an American chemist. He developed both the tetra-ethyl lead (TEL) additive to gasoline (leaded gasoline) and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Both are considered harmful to Earth. He contracted polio at the age of 51. Bedridden, he developed a series of strings and pulleys to move the bed and died strangled by his invention.

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