DETROIT (Oct. 26)—Polyurethane pioneer Kurt C. Frisch died Oct. 21 at age 82 after fighting cancer for most of 2000. Most recently Frisch was head of the Polymer Institute in the University of Detroit Mercy, as well as managing Polymer Technologies, Inc., a research institute with strong connections to industry, which he established in 1986. His major contributions span more than 40 years and cover the range of detailed polymer science, broad educational service to the plastics and rubber industries, and critical pioneering input to the polyurethanes industry in particular. In the mid-1960s, while working for Wyandotte Chemicals Corp.—now part of the BASF A.G.—he was a key figure in the creation and development of polyether polyols and their use in the production of affordable flexible polyurethane foams, elastomers and other polyurethane materials. He is survived by his wife Sally and three children.
Polyurethane pioneer Frisch dead at 82
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