Robert W "Bob" Gore

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Robert W. Gore

Also Known As: "Bob"
Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Wilbert L. "Bill" Gore and Genevieve "Vieve" Gore
Husband of <private> Gore (Ives)
Brother of <private> Gore and <private> Gore

Occupation: inventor and businessman
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About Robert W "Bob" Gore

Robert W. "Bob" Gore (born April 15, 1937) is an American engineer and scientist, inventor and businessman, who along with his father Bill Gore invented Gore-Tex, a waterproof/breathable fabric made from polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).

He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and attended the University of Delaware. In 1957, while a sophomore at Delaware, he discovered a way to insulate wires and cables with PTFE tape. In 1969, he stretched heated rods of PTFE and created expanded PTFE, which was patented and assigned the Gore-Tex brand name. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, earning an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.

His father Bill created W. L. Gore & Associates in 1958. Robert was president of the company from 1976 to 2000, and as of 2010, he is chairman of the board of directors.


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April 15, 1937
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States