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Hall of Fame Inducts Scotchgard Inventors

October 15, 2001
Sherman and Smith inducted into Hall of Fame

Sam Smith and Patsy Sherman in 1972 3M lab.


The National Inventors Hall of Fame recently inducted 3M Scotchgard inventors Patsy Sherman and Sam Smith into its organization. The scientists will also be included in a permanent exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame museum in Akron, Ohio.

In 1953, after a co-worker spilled a water-resistant chemical solution on her shoe, Sherman began developing ideas for a solution that could protect textiles from stains. In 1955, with collaborator Smith, Sherman invented Scotchgard.

According to 3M, research shows that 97 percent of American consumers recognize the name Scotchgard. Currently, 90 percent of carpet made in the United States has some type of built-in protective treatment.