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CorningWare Inventor Stanley Donald Stookey Dies

Stanley Donald StookeyStanley Donald Stookey

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-Stanley Donald Stookey, the inventor of CorningWare, passed away Nov. 4, according to published reports. He was 99.

Stookey created a ceramic glass, that became known as CorningWare, in 1953 by accident, reports said. He overheated a piece of photosensitive glass in an oven; when he removed it from the oven with a pair of tongs, it slipped and bounced, rather than broke, on the floor. The extremely durable material became the source for the bakeware that has been on the market since the late 1950s.

"We pay tribute to a great scientist and pioneer, who developed a product that led to one of the biggest innovations in the modern kitchen - Pyroceram, the material composing most CorningWare cookware sold in Europe by World Kitchen," World Kitchen said in a statement. "The invention revolutionized cooking by allowing a single vessel to go from freezer to stovetop to dinner table. Due to the versatility, millions of people across the world have used the products each day since 1958."

Stookey retired from Corning Incorporated in 1987 as director of fundamental chemical research after 47 years as a glass research chemist, according to Corning Inc.