Alexander Parkes Biography

This Biography consists of approximately 6 pages of information about the life of Alexander Parkes.
This section contains 1,512 words
(approx. 6 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Alexander Parkes Biography

Encyclopedia of World Biography on Alexander Parkes

Although he never perfected his product, Alexander Parkes (1813-1890) invented one of the earliest forms of plastic. It eventually led to the commercial and manufacturing success of plastic products. A talented metallurgist and inventor, Parkes held 66 patents on processes and products related to electroplating and plastic development.

The son of a brass lock manufacturer, Parkes was born on December 29, 1831, in Birmingham, England. He apprenticed to a brass founder at Messenger and Sons before going to work at Elkingtons, the company that invented the electroplating process, which used electricity to deposit a layer of metal. Parkes was put in charge of the casting department, and his attention soon began to focus on electroplating, a recently discovered process.

Parkes took out his first patent (No. 8005) in 1841 on a process for electroplating delicate works of art. His improved method for electroplating fine and fragile objects, such as flowers, was granted a...

(read more)

This section contains 1,512 words
(approx. 6 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Alexander Parkes Biography
Copyrights
Gale
Alexander Parkes from Gale. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook