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Arthur Kingston, Inventor of the Plastic Lens

Little is known about the personal life of Arthur Kingston.

On March 20th, 1934 Arthur William Kingston formed a partnership called the KGK Syndicate in London with Peter Maurice Kock.

In September 1934 Arthur Kingston is credited with inventing and patenting the first plastic lens, employing an injection molded polymathy methacrylate type (Perspex).

In 1936 the Rohm and Haas Company introduced the commercial availability of Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), or more commonly known as acrylic or plexiglas. Additionally, in the same year, the Dupont company introduced a similar product called Lucite. The Imperial Chemical industries PLC and the Dow Chemical company soon followed with their own products.

in 1936 Arthur Kingston founded the optical firm called Combined Optical Industries Limited (COIL). The company pioneered techniques in the precision molding of plastic optics using injection and compression molding. As more and more low-vision products were introduced, the brand name "COIL" became a recognized leader in optical products made with plastic throughout the world.


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