Stanley Donald was born in Hay Springs, Nebraska back in 1915 to Stanley Sr. and Hermie. Both of his parents were teachers, when he was 6 years old the family moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended Coe College graduating with a liberal arts degree in chemistry and mathematics, then onto Lafayette College where he earned his Master of Science degree. From there he attended MIT in Cambridge where he received his doctorate in 1940.
After graduation, he started his career at Corning Glass researching uses for glass and ceramics. During his years at Corning he invented many things that we still use today. He held around 60 patents, two of which I will mention in the blog.
The first one was in 1948 when he mistakenly heated a piece of FotoForm glass to 900ºC. That mistake lead to what we now call Corningware. In 1966, he invented VisionWare, those are glasses that change from regular glasses to sunglasses when exposed to sunlight, (my dad wore those). Anyway, instead of two I’ll go with one more. Around 1958 Stanley Donald Stookey developed Pyroceram, it is used by the military for the nose cones of supersonic radar domes, and also in guided missiles. It has special properties of extreme hardness, super strength along with resistance to high heat and transparency to radar waves. You use them in your cell phones, as it was the basis for Gorilla Glass and other LCD screens. Until tomorrow smile, it will make people wonder what you’ve been up to