The inventor of Gore-Tex, the breathable waterproof fabric, Bob Gore is 83 years old. The development of Gore-Tex was a little bit of a coincidence and the result of some frustration. Gore’s father Bill asked Bob in 1969 to develop a new plumbing tape, using PTFE, better known as Teflon.
Bob hit the experiment with strips of PTFE. He heated them up and tried to crack them. Instead of keeping that in mind, he decided to do it right at once. He stretched forth, holding the strip of PTFE at ends. The strip did not break, but stretched up to eight times its original length.
And, most importantly, it was porous but still waterproof and breathing. It became the basis for shoe, motor clothing and sailing wear that value without the wearer immediately sweating.
Turns out there’s a limit to that. What will be overly inspiring with a Gore-Tex coat marked that not all the perspiration material can be removed. The result is wet polo, T-shirts, et cetera under the coat.
Gore got a patent on his invention early and Gore-Tex became a success. Other companies also use Gore-Tex, which gave Gore thanks to the patent a lot of money. Gore was inducted into the American Inventors Hall of Fame in 2006.