Wallace Hume Carothers

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Wallace Hume Carothers was born in Burlington, Iowa back in 1896 to Ira and Mary.  He attended school in Des Moines, Iowa.  After graduation he attended Capital City Commercial College, completing the accounting and secretarial curriculum in 1915.  That same year he entered the Tarkio College in Missouri.

He initially majored in English but switched to chemistry.  He so excelled in chemistry that before he graduated he was made a chemistry instructor and studied as well.  After graduating with a bachelor of science degree he attended the University of Illinois for his master of arts degree graduating in 1921.  He went back to the University of Illinois to study for his Ph.D.  he received that degree in 1924. 

After getting his Ph.D. he stayed at the University of Illinois for two years as an instructor.  In 1926, he moved to Harvard University as an instructor in organic chemistry.  In 1928 he started working for DuPont Experimental Station.  He worked there until his death in 1937.

What you may not know about Wallace is that while working for DuPont he invented nylon.

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Comments (14)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - my father was a chemist and his first job was at DuPont in Philadelphia.

Apr 16, 2021 03:16 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Mr. Carothers seemed to take off like a rocket! Starting out in accounting and then finding his passion for chemistry. 

Apr 16, 2021 04:28 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - that's quite a significant invention.  

Apr 16, 2021 04:42 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Anyone that wears them is probably thanking him!

When I worked at Kodak, it was said DuPont had a better color film formula and K had a better adhering paint!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 16, 2021 04:50 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

A very important invention -- nylon, James. And I'm old enough to remember wearing nylon stockings.  Even after they became pantyhose I still referred to them as nylons for a long time. 

Apr 16, 2021 04:51 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun / golfArizona@cox.net

Nylon, did not knowing the inventor. James, Make it the best Friday, the weekend is right around the corner.  Thanks for the post.  Bill Salvatore 

Apr 16, 2021 05:15 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is an invention that can probably be found in everyone's closet.  I hope that you will have an enjoyable day my friend!

Apr 16, 2021 05:33 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

And here I thought nylon grew on pretty girls legs 😄. All kidding aside nylon is used in so many applications it's hard to imagine just how much his invention furthered our development.

Apr 16, 2021 05:49 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! What an interesting biography. What would this world be like without nylon?

Apr 16, 2021 06:57 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an interesting post today, but to tell the truth, they are all interesting.  Nylon is one of the essentials of our lives...A

Apr 16, 2021 07:07 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Wow, that was quite the invention. Imagine the many uses today! What would we do without it.


Apr 16, 2021 10:36 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- My gosh, where would we be without nylon. 

Apr 16, 2021 11:06 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

May I share I flunked Chemistry in College and needed to take a re-entrance exam so I had to study Chemistry for six months non stop.... hated it:)Endre

Apr 16, 2021 08:49 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

Fake bristle or silk for toothbrushes, stockings, parachutes, etc. And many, many other applications.

May 03, 2021 09:06 PM