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Thomas Midgely Jr. had, in the words of author Bill Bryson, “an instinct for the regrettable that was almost uncanny.” He is single-handedly responsible for creating two of the most destructive compounds in American history. First, as a chemical engineer for General Motors, Midgley discovered that the addition of tetraethyl lead to gasoline solved the problem of engine “knocking.” The ...

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