Stanley Donald

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I'm a big fan of Visionware and all of my glasses are those.... but the corningware....hmmm ....did you ever see a plate shatter's deadly!!! the plate splinters...

Aug 14, 2018 03:40 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Life is much easier these days thanks to Stanley! Enjoy your day!

Aug 14, 2018 04:23 AM #2
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

Stanley Donald was quite a prolific inventor. Life is certainly easier with all his patents!

Aug 14, 2018 04:49 AM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Besides have Corningware in my kitchen his other developments were significant.

Aug 14, 2018 05:38 AM #4
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  This man was a real genius and we are all indebted to him for his inventions.

Aug 14, 2018 05:46 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I wear those glasses, great contribution.

Aug 14, 2018 06:46 AM #6
Andy Brown-Climer School of Real Estate
The Climer School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
The Best Real Estate School in Florida

Fascinating blog, thank you, I just finished Neil deGrasse Tyson's new book about Astrophysics for Busy People and he talked alot about waves and telescopes.

Aug 14, 2018 06:50 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This was really interesting. I love the accidents that cause great discoveries.

Aug 14, 2018 07:45 AM #8
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Not trying to diminish Stookey's contributions but I do love my pyroceram for baking browines and of course for helping to protect the Free World too. Great information James!

Aug 14, 2018 07:45 AM #9
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I love stories of those inventions that were by "mistake". 

Aug 14, 2018 08:30 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Interestingly enough, Steve Jobs revived Corning Glass when he had them make it for the iPhone and other Apple Products.  I love those "mistake" inventions.  A

Aug 14, 2018 10:10 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - and I have also toured the plant where they make his invention in Corning NY.

Aug 14, 2018 11:34 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I don't know where I'd be without my corning ware!!!  I have broken only one Barbara Todaro but immediately went out to replace it!!!

Aug 14, 2018 12:03 PM #13
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good afternoon James,

I still get the glasses, have a couple pieces of corning ware and of course, it is probably on the phone I have!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 14, 2018 12:09 PM #14
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, Stanley invented quite a lot of great stuff.  I hope that your day is being enjoyed my friend!

Aug 14, 2018 03:21 PM #15
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

That man was  definitely a inventing machine with all his discoveries James...

Aug 14, 2018 08:57 PM #16
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James my father loved them and as the technology improved he loved them more, there was another name for it that he always use:)Endre

Aug 14, 2018 10:47 PM #17
faye schubert
Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

I've been using the visionware a long time in eyeglasses and still have corningware.

Aug 19, 2018 05:04 AM #18
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