Bullet Proof Glass

Bullet Proof Glass

Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? The name of the person credited with inventing safety glass used to make Bullet Proof Glass is Edouard Benedictus (1878 - 1930). Edouard Benedictus is not only famous as the French inventor of Safety and Bullet Proof Glass but also as a chemist and artist. When was Bullet Proof Glass invented? Edouard Benedictus invented Bullet Proof Glass in 1903, using a sheet of celluloid between two panes of glass to create his invention.

Definition of Bullet Proof Glass: Bullet Proof Glass is defined as a type of strong, optically transparent material that is resistant to being penetrated when struck although it is not completely impenetrable. It is also known as laminated safety glass, transparent armor, ballistic, or bullet-resistant glass.

 

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Fact File about the Invention of Bullet Proof Glass: Invention: Bullet Proof Windows *** Date of Invention: 1903 *** Name of Inventor: Edouard Benedictus *** Lifespan of Inventor: 1878 - 1930 *** Nationality of Inventor: French *** Historical Period: Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian (1850 - 1914) *** Category: Armor *** Country of Origin: France *** Facts about the Inventor, Edouard Benedictus,and the invention of Bullet Proof Windows ***

Fact 1: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? The Bullet Proof Glass was invented by Edouard Benedictus in 1903 during the Second US Industrial Revolution era of inventions (1850 - 1914).

Fact 2: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? The ancient  Mesopotamians invented glass and glassmaking. Prior to the invention of Bullet Proof Glass in 1903, a form of toughened tear-drop shaped glass beads, that could withstand a blow from a hammer, were invented in the Netherlands during the 1600's. The toughened glass beads were brought to England in 1660 by Prince Rupert of the Rhine (1619-1682) and were given the name 'Prince Rupert's Drops'.

Fact 3: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? Prince Rupert's Drops were created by dripping molten glass into cold water. The unbreakable glass was given to King Charles II as a gift and Prince Rupert's Drops were used in party tricks.

Fact 4: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? Prince Rupert's Drops were tadpole shaped pieces of glass. The small glass bulb was almost indestructible but the entire glass shattered if the tail was broken, or even just jiggled. No use was found for Prince Rupert's Drops and the became a scientific curiosity for hundreds of years.

Fact 5: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? The invention of Prince Rupert's Drops inspired Francois Barthelemy Alfred Royer de la Bastie to the study the 'Dutch Tears'. In 1874 he invented toughened or tempered glass by controlling thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength compared with normal glass. The 'Bastie glass' was patented in England on August 12, 1874, patent number 2783.

Fact 6: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? The accidental invention of safety glass, used for Bullet Proof Glass, was made by Edouard Benedictus in 1903. His patent (number US1098342) for reinforced glass was issued on May 26, 1914.

Fact 7: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? The inventor of of safety glass used for Bullet Proof Glass, Edouard Benedictus, was born on 1878 in Paris, France and died on January 28, 1930.

Fact 8: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? The early years of Edouard Benedictus were spent in Paris, France where he was raised by his family. Edouard Benedictus was well educated and went on to become an artist, composer, writer and chemist.

Fact 9: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? His first job was as a bookbinder but he quickly moved on to designing furnishing materials in the style of Art Deco.

Fact 10: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? Edouard Benedictus was extremely interested in the development of new materials and had a small laboratory in which he conducted various experiments.

Fact 11: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? Edouard Benedictus was particularly interested in plastics. The first man-made plastic, nitrocellulose (called Parkesine), was invented by Alexander Parkes in 1862 and the first industrial plastic called Celluloid was invented by John Wesley Hyatt in 1868.

Fact 12: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? The accidental invention of Safety and then Bullet Proof Glass happened in 1903 when Edouard Benedictus knocked over a glass flask in his laboratory.

Fact 13: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? The flask shattered but did not break apart into sharp, dangerous shards. He learned from his assistant that the flask had contained a solution of cellulose nitrate, a liquid plastic.

Fact 14: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? His assistant had placed the flask that had contained liquid plastic on a shelf without washing it because it appeared clean.

Fact 15: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? Within just a week of the accident with the flask a Paris newspaper ran a feature length article automobile accidents. In 1903 a new car with a vertical twin engine was introduced by Benz which reached the dizzy speed of 37mph and the number of car accidents increased. 

Fact 16: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? Edouard Benedictus learned that most of the drivers seriously injured had been cut by large jagged glass shards from windshields and he realized that the unique glass that shattered into tiny, relatively harmless fragments in the lab accident could save lives.

Fact 17: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? Edouard Benedictus wrote of his idea in his diary stating "Suddenly there appeared before my eyes an image of the broken flask. I leapt up, dashed to my laboratory, and concentrated on the practical possibilities of my idea".

Fact 18: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? Benedictus immediately began experiments coating glass with liquid plastic and in just 24 hours he had produced my his first piece of laminated safety glass called Triplex, that held together when shattered.

Fact 19: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? His patent for "Reinforced glass and process of manufacturing the same" was filed on January 11, 1910 and patent number US1098342 was issued on May 26, 1914.

Fact 20: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? The invention of safety glass coincided with the outbreak of WW1 (1914 - 1918) when the newly invented airplanes were used in warfare for the first time. The Edouard Benedictus invention was put to use and three-layer safety glass triplex were used in the window panels on aircraft and was also used in the manufacture of aviation goggles and gas masks.

Fact 21: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? After the Great War the automobile industry incorporated safety glass in their cars to minimize injury if an accident occurred. The safety of important people and military personnel led to the development and use of Bullet Proof Glass in automobiles. However, it was the gangsters in the Prohibition Era in America that capitalized on the protection of Bullet Proof windows.

Fact 22: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? The most famous mobster of all, Al Capone, had a car customized to his protection requirements by a crooked auto dealer called Joe Bergl. Al Capone's green, 1928 Cadillac V-8 Town Sedan armor plated car with a speed of 120mph was fitted with bullet proof windows and additional features such as a bullet proof gas tank and a smoke screen via the exhaust system. The bullet proof back window was designed to drop down so machine guns could be fired.

Fact 23: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? Edouard Benedictus died on January 28, 1930. His accidental invention of Safety and Bullet Proof Glass not only has saved millions of lives, but also laid the foundations for future modernization and applications of Safety and Bullet Proof Glass.

Fact 24: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? Bullet Proof Glass was a costly material and used in places such as banks to protect their tellers. The outbreak of WW2 (1939 - 1945) witnessed its use by the military in armored vehicles to help protect soldiers. Following the attcak of Pearl Harbor it was also installed in the Oval Office at the White House.

Fact 25: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? Bullet Proof Glass also began to be fitted in police cars and security company vehicles and to protect priceless objects that were on show to the public such as the British Crown Jewels and the Mona Lisa painting at the Louvre in Paris.

Fact 26: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? The trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in 1961 was conducted under the strictest security and Eichmann was confined in a customized bullet proof booth throughout the trial.

Fact 27: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? Bullet Proof windows became a requirement of all United States presidential state cars following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. The enclosure of the new President's car was made of thirteen different pieces of bullet proof glass that ranged in thickness from 1 to 1 13⁄16 inches (25 to 46 mm).

Fact 28: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? Popemobiles are fitted with bullet proof glassy walls to enclose the pope. These were deemed necessary after the 1981 Ali Agca assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II.

Fact 29: Who invented Bullet Proof Glass? The Bullet Proof Glass that is used today is generally about three inches thick and made from a series of layers that are laminated with plastic polycarbonate sheets which are then glued together with ethylene-vinyl acetate.

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