LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J—Edward Kresge, a pioneer in the development of numerous polymers, holder of more than 50 elastomer-related patents and the 2010 Charles Goodyear Medal honoree, died Oct. 30 following a lengthy battle with Parkinson's Disease.
He was 88.
Kresge, who lived in Solebury, Pa., prior to his medical care in Lawrenceville, was born in Noxen, Pa., Aug. 14, 1935.
His early life on a small family farm in the northeastern Pennsylvania town would give him the mechanical abilities he would lean on for the entirety of his extensive scientific life.
The Kresge family—led by encouraging parents Ira and Hilda—moved to Florida in 1952, where Kresge completed high school before graduating college at the University of Tampa in 1957.
He received his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Florida in 1961 and that same year began his more than three-decade career at Exxon Chemical Co.
There, he had direct involvement in important business decisions, especially in the creation of Advanced Elastomer Systems L.P., the Monsanto Chemical Co.-Exxon Chemical joint venture that became a major force in thermoplastic elastomers.
"The problem is very simple," Kresge told Rubber News, then Rubber and Plastics News, in 2010 after receiving the ACS Rubber Division's highest award, the Charles Goodyear Medal, at the division's spring meeting in Akron. "If you can make a lot of money as a lawyer, a physician or a baseball player, why in the world would you want to go into science? And money does make a difference."