Charles Fenerty Chemical Engineering

Inventor: First person to make newsprint from wood pulp

The Story

Fenerty was concerned about the difficulty a local paper mill was having in obtaining an adequate supply of rags to make quality paper. He succeeded in making paper from wood pulp as early as 1841 but neglected to publicize his discovery until 1844, by which time others had patented paper-making process based on wood fibre.

Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia 2000 ed.

Portrait Source: Stora Enso Oyj’s history website.

The Person

November 30, 1820
Upper Sackville, NS
Date of Death
June 10, 1892
Place of Death
Lower Sackville, NS
Last Updated
September 18, 2001

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