CorningWare Inventor Stanley Donald Stookey Dies
November 7, 2014,
Stanley Donald Stookey
ROCHESTER, N.Y.-Stanley Donald Stookey, the inventor of CorningWare, passed away Nov. 4, according to published reports. He was 99.
Stookey created a ceramic glass, that became known as CorningWare, in 1953 by accident, reports said. He overheated a piece of photosensitive glass in an oven; when he removed it from the oven with a pair of tongs, it slipped and bounced, rather than broke, on the floor. The extremely durable material became the source for the bakeware that has been on the market since the late 1950s.
Stookey retired from Corning Incorporated in 1987 as director of fundamental chemical research after 47 years as a glass research chemist, according to Corning Inc.