|C O N T E N T S|
|The story: paper makes headlines|
|The history: papers trail|
|The hero: Charles Herty|
|Chemistry: a new chapter in papermaking|
When Georgia chemist Charles Holmes Herty found a way to make quality paper from pine trees in 1932, he also founded an industry that brought much-needed jobs to the depression-crippled south. Herty wrote a new chapter in the ancient craft inspired by insects who built paper nests while dinosaurs still roamed the earth. At its root, however, the papermaking process remained the same: the bonding of cellulose, a polymer whose long chains support plant cell walls.
The American Chemical Society designated the Savannah Pulp and Paper Laboratory, founded by Charles Herty in 1932, a National Historic Chemical Landmark on September 26, 2001.
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