Saturday, 30 May 2015

Eponym 6 - 'biro'

Image result for Laszlo Jozsef Biro‘Biro’ – the real inventor of the writing implement was Hungarian journalist Laszlo Jozsef Biro (1899-1985), not American cartoonist and comic book publisher Charles Biro (1911-72). 

Laszlo realsied how quickly ink dried on newspapers during the printing process and tried to create the same effect with his fountain pen. The ink was too fluid but it did give him the idea for a practical, quick-drying ink which he and chemist brother Georg patented in 1938.

[Courtesy of 'It's a Wonderful Word' by Albert Jack]

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