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  Frank M. Chapman - Hall of Fame Entry
Author: Plastics Academy Staff
Added: 03/29/2004
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Frank M. Chapman - Hall of Fame Entry


Frank M. Chapman




Industry Areas:
Material, Process

A pioneer in the fluoropolymer industry and in the development of fluoropolymer technologies and applications for the aerospace, chemical, and pulp and paper industries.

Some of Chapman's major achievements are:

Chapman is the inventor or co-inventor of ten U.S. and foreign patents. In 1979, he was elected Chairman of the Fluoropolymer Division of the SPI.

He was born and raised in a small town in Vermont and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1952 with a degree in chemistry.

Following graduation, he joined DePont and his first assignment was with TEFLON. He left DuPont in 1961 to become General Manager of the Plastics Department of Parco in Los Angeles, followed by an assignment with Mather in Michigan.

He was one of the founders of Fluorodynamics, Inc. and Chapman Industries, Inc., which were both subsequently sold to Corborundum. In 1980, he formed Chapman Associates and does consulting.

He lives in Elkton, MD with his wife Helen. They have four children and seven grandchildren.