Frisbee inventor Walter Morrison, 90
MONROE, UTAH Walter Frederick Morrison, who came up with the concept of the Frisbee in 1937, died Feb. 9. Morrison, 90, had lung cancer.
Morrison first flipped a popcorn lid in 1937 at Thanksgiving dinner at his girlfriend's house. The first plastics version, dubbed the Flyin-Saucer, came in 1948. In 1955 Morrison designed a more advanced version, the Pluto Platter.
Wham-O Inc. in Emeryville, Calif., bought the rights to the design in 1955, and first used the Frisbee name in 1957.
Morrison died at his home in Monroe.
Polymer engineering professor White
AKRON, OHIO James Lindsay White, who was once the Harold A. Morton Professor of Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron, died Nov. 26 in Germany. He was 71.
He was a pivotal figure in defining the field of polymer engineering, said a colleague, Miko Cakmak, distinguished professor of polymer engineering. Professor White founded two polymer engineering programs: the first at the University of Tennessee and the second here at UA.
White founded the International Polymer Processing Society and two journals: The Journal of Polymer Engineering and The International Polymer Processing Journal.
He was a valuable mentor and adviser to countless students and visiting scientists around the world, Cakmak said. His vast knowledge of science, engineering, technology and particularly history benefited those of us privileged to be associated with him. He will be sorely missed.
White authored 500 scientific publications and eight books.
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