Jacques E. Brandenberger


Jacques Edwin Brandenberger
Born(1872-10-19)19 October 1872
Died13 July 1954(1954-07-13) (aged 81)
Zurich, Switzerland
Alma materUniversity of Bern
Known forInvention of cellophane
AwardsElliott Cresson Medal (1937)
Scientific career
Modern cellophane of various colors

Jacques Edwin Brandenberger (19 October 1872 – 13 July 1954) was a Swiss chemist and textile engineer who in 1908 invented cellophane. He was awarded the Franklin Institute's Elliott Cresson Medal in 1937.

Brandenberger was born in Zurich in 1872. He graduated from the University of Bern in 1895. In 1908 Brandenberger invented cellophane. Made from wood cellulose, cellophane was intended as a coating to make cloth more resistant to staining. After several years of further research and refinements, he began production of cellophane in 1920 marketing it for industrial purposes. He sold the US rights to DuPont in 1923.[1]


  1. ^ "Biography at National Inventors Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2015-04-05.

External links

  • Dr. J. E. Brandenberger Foundation
  • Biography at National Inventors Hall of Fame
  • U.S. Patent 1,266,766 Composite cellulose film, May 21, 1918