Leo Baekeland was born in Ghent, Belgium. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1889.
Baeleland invented the Velox, which was a photographic printing paper that can be developed under artifical light. He later sold his invention, Velox, to Kodak.
Leo Baekeland then opened a a laboratory in Yonkers, New York. Where he invented baekelite, which is plastic. Leo created baekelite by mixing Carbolic Acid with Formaldehyde. The main reason for his research was shellac. He is known as the father of modern plastics.