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(1892-10-10)October 10, 1892, Grandview, Tennessee
September 21, 1961(1961-09-21) (aged 68), Kitchener, Ontario
Johnson & Johnson
BAND-AID, adhesive bandages
Earle Dickson (October 10, 1892--September 21, 1961) was an American inventor best known for creating Band-Aid brand adhesive bandages. He lived in Highland Park, New Jersey for a large portion of his life.
Dickson was a cotton buyer at the Johnson & Johnson company. His wife, Josephine Knight, often cut herself while doing housework and cooking. Dickson found that the gauze stuck to a wound with tape didn't stay on her active fingers. In 1920, he placed squares of gauze in intervals on a roll of tape, held in place with crinoline.James Wood Johnson, his boss, liked the idea and put it into production. In 1924, Johnson & Johnson installed machines to mass-produce the once handmade bandages. Following the commercial success of his design, Dickson was promoted to vice president.
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