Edward John Bevan, English industrial chemist, c 1900.
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Edward John Bevan (1856-1921), co-inventor of the viscose rayon proces. Bevan patented the viscose proces of rayon manufacture with Charles Frederick Cros (1855-1935) in 1892. The proces uses cellulose (wood-pulp) which is disolved and then regenerated. The result is used to form yarn (rayon) which can be used for clothing, or film (cellophane).